Matthew Murchison is a musician. Keep reading for more details. Matthew enjoys a varied career as a performer, composer, arranger, educator, conductor, and producer. Matthew has been called “one of the finest players of his (or any) generation.” He has also been called other things which should not be repeated here. Matthew was a member of River City Brass in Pittsburgh, PA from 2002-2015 where he was a featured soloist hundreds of times. His solo performances with the River City Brass have been broadcast across the country. His comedy songs have been enjoyed by tens of people from every dark corner of the internet.
As a brass musician Matthew plays euphonium, tuba, and trumpet. He is a published and commissioned composer and arranger. Matthew has served as producer for CD recordings and can be heard on solo, chamber, large ensemble, and rock band albums. He has also been hired to write jokes and perform as the emcee for concerts. Matthew has performed solo and chamber music concerts all across the United States as well as in South America, Europe, and Asia. He has been pleased to be able to perform with groups such as the Pittsburgh Symphony, Brass Band of Battle Creek, and the Dallas Wind Symphony. In 2009, Matthew gave the premiere of his piece “Moonfall” with the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in Washington, DC. His piece "Motions" won a Harvey Phillips Award for Composition Excellence at the 2016 International Tuba/Euphonium Conference.
Matthew is a regularly featured performer at regional, national, and international conferences and has served on adjudication panels for international composition and performance competitions. As a member of the award-winning River Bottom Quartet, Matthew has performed as the opening act for the world-renowned Emerson String Quartet. Matthew’s interest in a variety of music means that he’s performed in bars, concert halls, and for tens-of –thousands of slightly buzzed onlookers as part of Pittsburgh’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
Matthew self-publishes a number of his compositions though his Bandcamp website. Some works can be found through Cimarron Music Press while others may be obtained only after completing a series of magical quests. Recent performances of his works have taken place across the US as well as in Japan, South America, and Europe. He released his solo CD entitled “Everyone But Me” in 2003 on his own Mulholland Records and Music label.
Matthew performs exclusively on the XO euphonium.