Born in Swansea, Wales, Matthew Jones is also a composer, mathematics graduate and teacher of the Alexander Technique and Kundalini Yoga. In his diverse career, he is equally at home as soloist or chamber musician, performing classical or contemporary repertoire or giving fully improvised concerts. Recent performance venues include London’s Wigmore Hall and South Bank and a critically acclaimed Carnegie Hall recital début in 2008. He is violist of The Bridge Duo, the Debussy Ensemble and the Instrumental Quintet of London, was a member of the Badke String Quartet when they won the 2007 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, and is violinist with Ensemble MidtVest, an innovative chamber ensemble based in Denmark. Matthew Jones has recorded fourteen CDs, including three Naxos discs of Prokofiev, York Bowen and other English composers with Michael Hampton, the world première recording of Gordon Crosse’s Viola Concerto, and a fully improvised disc with EMV and GRAMMY®-winning jazz pianist Carsten Dahl. He is Senior Tutor of String Chamber Music and Professor of Viola at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, director of Pro Corda’s Intermediate Course, and professor at the British Isles Music Festival. He has commissioned numerous works and given many world and European premières, and champions neglected viola music through recitals and recordings. He studied with Rivka Golani.