Matthew Coorey began his musical career as a horn-player and after studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music he performed regularly with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Brandenburg Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony and the Sydney Symphony.
Initially self-taught as a conductor, Matthew auditioned for Seiji Ozawa and was invited to the Tanglewood Music Festival where he worked with Jorma Panula who became his principal conducting teacher. The following year he attended the Aspen Music Festival where studied with David Zinman. For two years, Matthew was Junior Fellow in Conducting – under Sir Mark Elder – at the Royal Northern College of Music. He was a finalist in the Maazel-Vilar Conducting Competition, a fellow of the Allianz International Conductors’ Academy and a prize-winner at the Georg Solti Conducting Competition.
Matthew began his formal conducting career in 2003 when he was appointed Assistant Conductor to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. This initial one-year contract with the RLPO then became a three-year commitment when he was appointed the orchestra’s first Conductor in Residence.
Debuts soon followed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia, the Hallé, Ensemble 10:10 and the London Mozart Players – all of whom offered further invitations.
Recent seasons have included debuts with BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra and at the BBC Proms.
Matthew has a great interest in all forms of music and art forms and has toured Europe with Rosas Dance Company with Ictus Ensemble and innovative rock bands These New Puritans and Efterklang. In 2016 he worked with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.
Matthew has a strong commitment to working with younger musicians and regularly conducts at the Royal Northern College of Music. He has also worked with the orchestras of the Royal College of Music London, the Mendelssohn Hochshule Leipzig, the Trinity-Laban Orchestra London and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.