B i o g r a p h y

Matthew began his piano tuition at Alderman Peel High School at the age of eleven and within five years passed his Grade 5 Theory and Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM). During his junior years he obtained many awards for his musical achievement, including the Subject Prize for Music, Excellence in Music and the M.W Clifford Award. He studied for two years at the College of West Anglia graduating with a triple distinction in Music. In 2011, Matthew commenced further education at Leeds College of Music to study for a Bachelor’s Degree in Classical Composition and graduated with a first-class honours degree. He has been involved in piano workshops with professional artists including Mei Yi Foo and The Fidelio Trio. In December 2016 he passed his ABRSM Diploma in Piano Performance with distinction. Matthew is currently studying for his LRSM in Piano Performance under the direction of Christopher Green-Armytage and his ATCL in music teaching with Gillian Smith. 

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Matthew currently holds teaching positions at Wells-next-the-Sea Primary and Burnham Market Primary School where he teaches piano and theory to pupils from ages 5 to 11. In addition to his school tutoring, Matthew teaches numerous students privately in Wells and at student's homes in the surrounding area. He works alongside fellow musician and teacher, Benjamin Howell, as one half of 'The Missing Coda', playing duets and organising music workshops for students. In March 2019, Benjamin and Matthew passed their ALCM in piano duet performance with distinction. Matthew is a regular performer having played at many local venues. He is also the organist for the Briningham Benefice, accompanist for the Hunstanton Community Choir and plays the piano for weddings at Holkham Hall.

© 2020 Matthew Preston BA Hons, DipABRSM, ALCM

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