B i o g r a p h y
Considered ‘one of Canada’s most gifted musicians’ (Saugeen Times), Matthew Whitfield is a conductor, organist, composer, and writer who specializes in giving eclectic and exciting performances.
An advocate of Contemporary and New Music, Matthew frequently performs repertoire from the 20th and 21st Centuries, including works by Schnittke, Ligeti, Cage, and Glass. Matthew gave the North American premiere of Ted Dawson’s Six Preludes for Organ in August 2015 and his recording of Dawson’s Preludes and John Cage’s ASLSP2 was released in March 2016.
“This was a program of high quality, expertly played, and very much appreciated by the enthusiastic audience. ”
Matthew received his musical training from York University, where he earned his BFA studying with Stephanie Martin, and the University of Toronto, where he received his MMus and worked with John Tuttle. While at the University of Toronto, Matthew performed in masterclasses with Canadian organists Ken Cowan and Isabelle Demers and won prizes in a number of National and Regional organ competitions.
As a conductor, Matthew has given performances of numerous large-scale choral and vocal works, including the York University production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and J.S. Bach's Musical Offering.Having studied choral conducting with Lisette Canton and orchestral conducting with Mark Chambers, Matthew has a well-developed technique that he uses to explore ensemble works, particularly from the Baroque and Modern eras.
Also a writer, Matthew is Early Music columnist for The WholeNote Magazine and also covers the Toronto pipe organ scene for both The WholeNote and the Royal Canadian College of Organists.