A soloist, duettist, accompanist and chamber musician of many years experience, Matthew Stanley has performed in the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, St. John’s, Smith Square, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Windsor Castle and Bagshot Park (for the Earl and Countess of Wessex) as well as further afield in Japan and Hong Kong, where he also recorded a programme for RTHK.
With his duet partner, Berendina Cook, Matthew has given interviews and performed on BBC Radio 3, the BBC World Service and Classic FM including both recorded and live broadcasts. In 1996 they were selected by the British Piano Duo Association to represent Britain in the 3rd International Piano Duo Competition in Tokyo, where they won the First Prize, the Kodama Prize and the Ongaku No Tomo Sponsor’s Prize.
Matthew has performed concertos by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Grieg, Tchaikowsky, de Falla, Rachmaninoff and Prokofieff across the South and East of England. As an accompanist he has worked in master classes alongside Dame Felicity Lott, Susan Bullock CBE, Sarah Fox, Emanuel Hurwitz, the Tippett Quartet, Sir James Galway, Susan Milan and Paul Edmund Davies.
A dedicated teacher, Matthew has taught for many years at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he is also a visiting lecturer in performance, and accompanist for the undergraduate and postgraduate performance courses. The latter role includes regular performances with students in the Friday lunchtime concert series and other events throughout the academic year.
Although Matthew’s repertoire encompasses many styles and periods, he has a particular interest in the music of Beethoven, Liszt and Godowsky, and recorded performances of many early 20th century pianists. His teachers have included Julian Jacobson, Angus Morrison (Royal College of Music) and Ruth Harte MBE.