Matthew Stead, appointed tutti violin in the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra since 2019 when he was 25, comes from Durban. A chamber musician as well, he is second violin in the Juliet String Quartet.
He has also been a member of the prestigious Stellenbosch University Camerata, sharing in its versatile musical journey. Over the years, this has involved sharing the stage with international stars such as Joshua Bell and Pinchas Zukerman, collaborating with baroque specialists to perform Monteverdi and Bach, and recording two albums for gypsy jazz moguls, the Tim Kliphuis Trio, on the Sony Classics label. He has also played for the Amici Quartet, the Flat Mountain Project, the Ensemble Je Ne Comprends Pas, and for numerous soundtrack recordings, most recently, Antoni Schonken’s score for MNET’s nature documentary series “Rooted”.
Matthew studied with Suzanne Martens at the Konservatorium in Stellenbosch where he completed his BMus and MMus (cum laude) degrees. During that time, he participated in masterclasses with violinists such as Daniel Rowland, Philippe Graffin, Hugo Ticciati, and Priya Mitchell.