Ed Matthew, clarinetist
Ed Matthew has served as guest-principal clarinetist with Tafelmusik, Philharmonia Baroque, Pacific MusicWorks, the American Classical Orchestra, Clarion Music Society, Grand Harmonie, ARTEK, and Musica Angelica. He has performed with Apollo's Fire, Opera Lafayette, REBEL, Seraphic Fire/the Sebastians, the Staunton Music Festival, Boston Baroque, Handel & Haydn Society, Concert Royal, Arcadia Players, and other period groups. He is a member of the Grenser Trio, Bläser Band, the Pit Stop Players, The New York Clarinet Quartet, and other East Coast ensembles.

On modern clarinet and woodwinds, he is in the orchestra of the Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera. He was a member of the Broadway orchestras for the revival of Meredith Willson's The Music Man and for the Lincoln Center premiere of Jason Robert Brown’s Parade, as well as the off-Broadway Fermat's Last Tango by Joshua Rosenblum. His recording of Passages, a clarinet concerto by Gary William Friedman, is on the 150Music label. He can also be heard on the RCA Victor, Original Cast Records, PS Classics, and Naxos labels. He was a founding member of Arizona's award-winning wind quintet Quintessence.

When performing with period ensembles, he plays on reproductions of 18th-century clarinets, basset horns, and chalumeaux. These are from the 20th-and 21st-century workshops of Joel Robinson, Philip Levin, Soren Green, Peter van der Poel, Rudolf Tutz, Schwenk & Seggelke, and Steve Silverstein.

By day he is a member of the Promotion Department at one of America's most venerable music publishing houses, G. Schirmer and Associated Music Publishers.

Pit Stop Players

photo by Jim Thoma