Matthew Murchison is a musician. Keep reading for more details. Matthew enjoys a varied career as a performer, composer, arranger, and producer. He is widely considered to be one of the world’s euphonium
and tuba players. 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. He currently holds the position of
solo euphonium with the River City Brass in Pittsburgh, PA where he has performed as soloist hundreds of times since joining the group in 2002. Matthew is a founding member of the River Bottom Quartet, whose debut CD “In Too Deep” was recently released. The group was also recently featured in a Japanese TV show. Matthew also founded The Matt Murchison Mutiny, a group committed to “music without borders and entertainment without pandering.” The group performs original works as well as a variety of music from Aaron Copland to Elvis Costello, from Regina Spektor to Broadway.
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, and 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 solo performances with the River City Brass have been broadcast across the country through WQED Pittsburgh, where Matthew has been featured on “Performance in Pittsburgh.”
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 over 100,000 people as part of Pittsburgh’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
Cimarron Music Press publishes some of Matthew’s original compositions for euphonium, while others may be obtained only after completing a series of magical quests. Matthew self-publishes some of his work though his Bandcamp website. Matthew’s most recent composition is entitled “Tales from the Road: The Sternum Buster,” and was commissioned by Army Field Band euphoniumist Lauren Veronie. He released his solo CD entitled “Everyone But Me” in 2003 on his own Mulholland Records and Music label. Matthew is currently the adjunct instructor of euphonium at Slippery Rock University and instructor of low brass at Washington and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania.
Matthew performs exclusively on the XO euphonium.