Matthew Souter, Head of Strings –
Violin & Viola
“In complete command of his instrument” and “very musical in the finest way…..” so wrote the world-famous conductor Antal Dorati about Matthew Souter when putting him forward for the principal viola position in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at just 22 years of age. Leonard Bernstein and Claudio Abbado likewise took a personal interest in his early career; Abbado described him as “an outstanding viola player” and it was with the help of these and many other similarly distinguished musicians that he has gone on to enjoy a fine career himself as a concert artist.
As a soloist he has performed across the World both as a recitalist and with orchestras from the UK, Europe, Russia and the Far East. He has guest lead the viola sections in virtually all of Britain’s most celebrated orchestras such as the Academy St Martin-in-the-Fields, English Chamber Orchestra, The London Philharmonic Orchestra etc… He has also been a regular guest at international chamber music festivals in the UK, Europe and the Far East, many times collaborating with world-famous artists.
For the past 15 years Matthew Souter has been a member of the Alberni String Quartet, one of Britain’s most distinguished ensembles and described in the Washington Post as “reflecting the best of British musical tradition.”
Matthew Souter has been a professor at The Royal Academy of Music in London for 15 years. Many exceptionally talented violist and violin students from across the world have wished to work with him; many of whom have gone on to have highly distinguished careers themselves.
Matthew Souter feels that his own musical journey started in earnest when he himself became a “Specialist” violinist at Wells Cathedral school back in the 1970`s. He returned to Wells in 2008 to head the string programme and to help fully prepare the young musicians at Wells today for a profession he knows so well, should they wish to follow his career route onto the concert hall stages of the world.