An ad hoc violinist with the CPO since 2016 in symphony and special concerts such as Bocelli, Matthew Stead joined the orchestra in May 2019 at the age of 25. Matthew, who graduated from the University of Stellenbosch with a B Mus in 2016 and an M Mus in 2019, has been a substitute teacher at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre. He is also a keen chamber musician, having performed, for instance, with the Amici Quartet and for an FOM soiree. While at Stellenbosch University, he played frequently in the Stellenbosch Camerata and was principal second violin in the US Symphony Orchestra. Matthew has been part of recordings such as two Tim Kliphuis CDs and Kyle Shepherd’s soundtrack for the film Noem my Skollie.