“Part of the pleasure of playing on my Cox violin is the relationship I've fostered with the instrument through the artist who built it. I certainly would not be the musician I am today if it weren't for Doug's violin, as well as his skill and generosity.”
Matthew Woodard began his violin studies at the age of four under Amanda Provost. For a time, Matthew studied with Acadian fiddler Dona Hebert, who taught him both standard classical repertoire and French-Canadian fiddle tunes. He next studied under Linda Laderach, chair of the music department at Mount Holyoke College, who advised him to attend the New England Conservatory’s Preparatory Program. There, he studied for two years with Marylou Speaker Churchill, before her untimely death in 2009, and then with James Buswell.
Between the ages of 8 and 12, Matthew was in both the Mount Holyoke College Orchestra and Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestra (SYO), serving periodically as concertmaster.
At the New England Conservatory’s Preparatory Program (NEC Prep), Matthew was the principal violist of the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.
An avid chamber musician, Matthew has attended numerous summer chamber music festivals, including Point Counterpoint, Greenwood Music Camp and Yellow Barn Young Artists’ Program. In May of 2011, Matthew appeared as soloist with the Holyoke Civic Symphony as the winner of their Concerto Competition. Matthew also studies composition with Howard Frazin at NEC, and his works have been performed on both From The Top, and From The Top Live! At Carnegie Hall. In February of 2011, Matthew conducted the premiere of his first work for chamber orchestra, “Music for a scene from The Death of Ivan Ilych”, with the Walnut Hill Chamber Orchestra, a group he started at the Walnut Hill School. Matthew also premiered the first movement of his “Viola Concerto” as soloist with the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston in March of 2012. A recent graduate of the Walnut Hill School in Natick, Massachusetts, Matthew attended South Hadley public schools and the Academy Hill School in Springfield. When he is at home, Matthew lives with his parents and younger brother in South Hadley, Massachusetts. He attends Bard College in Annandale-On-Hudson, New York.