Always a lover of literature and writing, cellist Matt Walker’s efforts in college to pursue an English degree were curtailed due to his countless appearances on recitals at James Madison University and elsewhere. He 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 on 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’s adventurous programming has included world premieres of several of Matt’s own compositions. He is featured on ALIAS’ first CD, Hilos, a recording of music by Gabriela Lena Frank released as part of Naxos’ American Classics series in 2011. He also co-produced the disc, which received a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Small Ensemble Performance.
As a composer and a performing musician, Matt has written many pieces that have been performed across the U.S. 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, he was commissioned by the Nashville Ballet, which performed his “Arabian Blues” in May 2012. That same month, Yo-Yo Ma premiered his cello duet “Yo-Yo Joe,” which Matt later performed with Yo-Yo himself. The Nashville Ballet’s performance of his “Arabian Blues” was recognized in the Nashville Scene’s Best of Nashville Awards.
Matt returned to writing when, along with his wife (violinist Zeneba Bowers), he created Little Roads Europe, a travel consulting business. He has written articles for Budget Travel and The Tennessean, as well as authoring four award-winning guidebooks to Italy and Ireland.
More about Matt and his music can be found at www.mattwalkercello.com.