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Andrew Matthews-Owen

Andrew Matthews-OwenSpecialising in song accompaniment, Cardiff graduate Andrew has partnered some of the outstanding singers of his generation in recitals at major venues.

I am Welsh so Cardiff University seemed the natural choice for me. I have many happy memories of my time there, not least as it was there that I started collaborating with friends in lunchtime concerts which first sparked my interest in partnering singers in concerts. Even though accompaniment/chamber music was not examinable/creditable at the time, my piano teacher Stephen Price was hugely supportive and encouraging of the work I wanted to do.

After Cardiff University, I undertook postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in piano accompaniment winning numerous prizes and then embarked on  a career as a concert accompanist and vocal coach. I am fortunate to have worked with some of the UK's leading singers including Claire Booth, Anne-Sophie Duprels, Katie Van Kooten, Nicky Spence, Gail Pearson, Helen Field and Natalya Romaniw at venues including the Southbank (Purcell Room and Queen Elizabeth Hall), Wigmore Hall, National Portrait Gallery, Kings Place, music festivals around the UK and abroad.

I have broadcast for BBC Radio 3. A CD of song cycles by Alun Hoddinott released last year, with Claire Booth and Nicky Spence, was a Recommended Recording of the Month in Gramophone magazine. I now teach piano at Trinity College of Music.

We were spoiled with our own concert hall, practice facilities and even great art around the building and a fantastic Barbara Hepworth sculpture outside.

I have premiered works by composers with School of Music connections:  Alun Hoddinott, Arlene Sierra, Robert Fokkens and Philip Cashian. Recent and forthcoming premieres include scores by Charlotte Bray, Laurence Crane, Jonathan Dove and Simon Holt.

I took for granted the excellent facilities we enjoyed in the purpose built School of Music building at Cardiff University as a student. We were spoiled with our own concert hall, practice facilities and even great art around the building and a fantastic Barbara Hepworth sculpture outside.

I did not realise it at the time, but this was all thanks to the vision of former Professor of Music Alun Hoddinott CBE, a composer with whom I have enjoyed a close collaborative relationship, even though he was long retired by the time I started my undergraduate studies at Cardiff University.

The School in 3 words...Stimulating. Eccentric. Fun