Liceu Cambra Masterclasses & Concerts is synonymous with great music and musical wisdom shared by the greatest performers and creators. This concert series reaches its ninth edition this year, reaffirming itself as one of the most interesting initiatives of its kind, and, as always expected, a meeting point for the students of the Higher Center of the Liceu Conservatory with the great international masters, and as an appointment for music lovers from Barcelona with the best music.
Matthew McDonald, born in Canberra, Australia, he studied with Max McBride and Kees Boersmat at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, in Berlin at the Karajan Academy with Klaus Stoll and at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler with Esko Laine.
He has been assistant to principal double bass in the Danish National Radio Symphony in Copenhagen and, later, principal double bass in the Ensemble Modern and the Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester Berlin until he obtained the same position in the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2009.
Chamber music is one of Matthew’s passions and as performed with Imogen Cooper, Radovan Vlatkovic, Mark Padmore, the Kuss Quartet, Phillip Higham and Yannick Rafalimanana, among others.
Highly regarded as a soloist, Matthew has performed the premiere of Aurora, Peter Eötvös double bass concerto dedicated to him, and also the premiere of Gerald Barry’s concerto, both with the Berliner Philharmoniker.
Matthew has given masterclasses at Yale University, the Sydney Conservatorium, in Tokyo and at the Tongyeong Music Festival in South Korea. He has also tutored the bass sections of the European Union Youth Orchestra, The Britten Pears Orchestra and the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and have been a jury member of the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb.
Liceu Cambra – Masterclasses & Concerts series has the patronage of Ferrer-Salat Music Foundation.