Ed Matthew, clarinet
Ed Matthew has served as guest-principal clarinetist with Tafelmusik, Philharmonia Baroque, the American Classical Orchestra, Clarion Music Society, ARTEK, and Musica Angelica. He has performed with Apollo's Fire, Opera Lafayette, Sinfonia New York, Boston Baroque, Handel & Haydn Society, Concert Royal, Arcadia Players, and other period orchestras. He is a member of the Grenser Trio, Pit Stop Players, The New York Clarinet Quartet, and other New York ensembles.
On modern clarinet and woodwinds, he is in the orchestra of the Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera. He was a member of the Broadway orchestras for the revival of Meredith Willson's The Music Man and for the Lincoln Center premiere of Jason Robert Brown’s Parade, as well as the off-Broadway Fermat's Last Tango by Joshua Rosenblum. His recording of Passages, a clarinet concerto by Gary William Friedman, is on the 150Music label. He can also be heard on the RCA Victor, Original Cast Records, PS Classics, and Naxos labels. He was a founding member of Arizona's award-winning wind quintet Quintessence.
When performing with period ensembles, he plays on reproductions of late 18th-century/early 19th-century Grenser Family clarinets from the workshops of Joel Robinson and Schwenk & Seggelke (boxwood) and Steve Silverstein (maple), and on a Lotz basset horn by Rudolf Tutz.
By day he is a member of the Promotion Department at G. Schirmer.