Title/Position: Visiting Lecturer, PercussionProfile:
Matthew Strauss has been applauded throughout the United States as an energetic percussionist and timpanist with a diverse musical background. In addition to his positions as Percussionist with the Houston Symphony and former Timpanist with the American Symphony Orchestra at the Bard Music Festival, Mr. Strauss is currently on faculty at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. Prior to his post in Houston, he performed as a member of the percussion section in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra throughout the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons. He also has performed regularly with the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, and Harrisburg Symphony. Other orchestral appearances include concerts with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, New York Pops, Naples (FL) Philharmonic, and Richmond Symphony. Recent Solo appearances include performances with the Akron Symphony, New Hampshire Music Festival, Reading Symphony Orchestra and Delaware Symphony Orchestra. The Wilmington News Journal praised Mr. Strauss as having “displayed excellent control and versatility”.
An active chamber musician, Mr. Strauss has performed with the Chicago Chamber Musicians, Da Camera of Houston, Foundation For Modern Music, Bard Festival Chamber Players, Skaneateles Music Festival, and has participated in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s contemporary chamber series, Music Now, under the batons of Pierre Boulez and Esa-Pekka Salonen. In addition, Mr. Strauss is a founding member of the Battery Four Percussion Group, a dynamic ensemble known for crossing musical genres and premiering new works.
Mr. Strauss received his bachelor’s degree in Percussion Performance from the Juilliard School and his master’s degree in performance from the Esther Boyer College of Music at Temple University. He is an alumnus of both the Tanglewood and Aspen Music Festivals and has participated in the Spoleto Music Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. Mr. Strauss taught percussion performance at the Mason Gross School of Music at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ and is currently on faculty at the Texas Music Festival in Houston, TX. He is the founder of the percussion department at the Children’s Orchestra Society in Manhassett, NY and has given master classes and clinics at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Juilliard Percussion Seminar, Aspen Music Festival and School, Northwestern University, Temple University, New York University, Peabody Conservatory of Music, Chapman University in Orange County, CA, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Texas Music Festival and DePaul University in Chicago, IL. Mr. Strauss is a performing artist and clinician for the Pearl/Adams Corporation, Zildjian Inc., and Evans.