After two years as an English major at James Madison University, cellist Matt Walker transferred to Florida State University, where in 1991 he received his Bachelor’s degree in music. After playing for three years with the Jacksonville Symphony and then five years with the Charleston Symphony, Matt won a position in the cello section in the Nashville Symphony in 1999.
In 2002 Matt was one of the founding members of ALIAS Chamber Ensemble, appearing as a cellist and composer, as well as a bassist and guitarist. The ensemble has garnered much critical acclaim locally and nationally for its artistry and adventurous programming, which has included world premieres of several of Matt’s own compositions. Matt performs on ALIAS’ first CD, Hilos, featuring the music of Gabriela Lena Frank, which was released on Naxos’ American Classics label in 2011. He also co-produced the disc, which received a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Small Ensemble Performance.
As a composer as well as a performing musician, Matt has written many pieces that have been performed around the country and in Europe. Over years of working closely with many musicians in other genres (notably Lyle Lovett and Chet Atkins, as well as countless Nashville recording artists), much of his composition has become heavily influenced by swing, jazz and blues. In 2012 Matt was commissioned by the Nashville Ballet, which performed his “Arabian Blues” in May 2012. That same month, Yo-Yo Ma premiered his cello duo “Yo-Yo Joe.” In the fall of 2012, the Ballet’s performance of “Arabian Blues” was recognized as a “Best of Nashville” work by the Nashville Scene.
Learn more about Matt and his music at www.mattwalkercello.com.