With over 50 commissions and premieres of new music to his credit, including eight concertos and numerous solo and chamber works for guitar, Matthew is at the forefront of commissioning and introducing unique and challenging new music to the world – particularly by New Zealand composers.
Matthew is always interested in hearing from composers who have written for the guitar and would like to have their music performed, or working with composers who are wanting to explore the guitar for the first time.
“I love collaborating with composers, particularly those who are not guitarists. I always encourage them to be as imaginative and creative as possible without the fear of being constrained by any perceived limitations of the guitar.
This is really exciting because we are always starting from the composer’s vision for their music – which is crucial – and we then work together to realise that vision on the guitar. It often results in some incredible outcomes for both composer and performer, with technical, musical and artistic boundaries extended for both.”
Matthew is also committed to supporting emerging composers to explore the guitar and to encourage a greater understanding and appreciation of the instrument. To help achieve this, in 2014, in collaboration with the Victoria University Foundation, he established the Matthew Marshall Prize for Classical Guitar Composition to support students studying composition at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington.