Matt Beckmann is gaining notoriety as versatile and adventurous cellist, performing across the country to diverse audiences and critical acclaim. As a freelance musician, Matt has performed at many venues across New York City such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Radio City Music Hall, as well as Joe’s Pub and The Stone. Matt has worked with some of the world’s great Maestros including James Levine, Kurt Masur, Bernard Haitink, Leonard Slatkin, Andre Previn, Paul Gemigniani, and many others, and has appeared with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, the New World Symphony, the American Symphony Orchestra, and the New Haven Symphony.
A dedicated and sought-after chamber musician, Matt was cellist of the Haven String Quartet from 2010-2013. During his tenure in New Haven, the Haven String Quartet gained notoriety as an adventurous and innovative group, performing in a wide variety of spaces from traditional venues at Yale University and Southern Connecticut State University (where it is Quartet-in-Residence), to unusual locations including community centers, public schools, jazz clubs, and planetariums with repertoire ranging from Haydn and Beethoven to Terry Riley and Michael Jackson.
Matt is garnering critical acclaim as an advocate of contemporary and avant-garde music. These performances have been hailed by the Boston Globe as “courageous” and “riveting,” and Matt has had the pleasure of working closely with many composers including Steve Reich, Helmut Lachenmann, David Lang, Michael Gandolfi, John Harbison and Elliott Carter.
While a member of the Haven String Quartet, Matt was Resident Cellist of Music Haven, a non-profit community arts organization in New Haven, CT, where he held a studio of 15 young cellists in addition to leading chamber music and musicianship courses. Matt is currently a faculty member at the Greenwich Suzuki Academy, and has also taught cello and chamber music at the Suzuki Music School of Westport and at the Point CounterPoint chamber music camp in Vermont.
Matt holds a Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music where he was a student of Natasha Brofsky. At NEC he studied chamber music with Roger Tapping and Donald Weilerstein, and was a recipient of the Beneficent Society Scholarship. Matt has participated in master classes with Lluis Claret, Anner Bylsma, Bernard Greenhouse, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, and members of the Cleveland, Guarneri, Emerson, Juilliard and Borromeo Quartets. Matt holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.