Matthew Larson was appointed to the position of percussion teacher at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2010 where he teaches Case Western Reserve music majors. Matthew is the Principal Percussionist of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, where he has performed since 2000, and is a member of the Erie philharmonic. Matt had also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Canton Symphony Orchestra, Blossom Festival Band, and Blossom Festival Orchestra. As an extra with the Cleveland Orchestra, Matt has performed several concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Matt was born in Bloomington, Minnesota, where he began his music studies on piano at the age of five. He started playing percussion at age ten and began his studies with Elliot Fine of the Minnesota Orchestra. In high school, Matt studied with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Principal Timpanist, Earl Yowell. Matt attended the University of Minnesota where he studied with Marimba/ Percussion Virtuosos Fernando Meza and Nebosja Zivkovic. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Percussion Performance in 1999. Later that year, Matt moved to Cleveland, Ohio to attend the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he received his Master’s Degree in Percussion Performance in 2001. Matt received the Bruce Collie award for the most outstanding percussionist at CIM while he studied with the Principal Percussionist of the Cleveland Orchestra, Richard Weiner.
Matt lives in University Heights where he maintains a private percussion studio of around 40 students.
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