Born in Yorkshire in 1977, Matthew Schellhorn studied in Manchester and Cambridge. His teachers included Peter Hill and Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen.
He has given recitals in many major venues throughout the UK, including the Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room, and has been a guest soloist at several international festivals. A prominent performer of new music, Matthew Schellhorn has given numerous premieres. Recent commissions include a collection of studies by Nicola LeFanu and various works by Gráinne Mulvey, Linda Buckley and Colin Riley. He has a particularly close working relationship with Irish composer Ian Wilson, of whose music he is a frequent dedicatee. In 2012, he gave the world premiere of Ian Wilson’s Flags and Emblems at the Belfast Festival with the Ulster Orchestra, followed three years later by another world premiere with the same orchestra of Ian Wilson’s Mutazione: Piano Concerto; both performances were recorded live for BBC Radio 3. In 2014, Diatribe Records released Matthew Schellhorn’s solo disc, Ian Wilson: Stations, the world premiere recording of a new commission featured on RTÉ lyric fm as one of the ‘great cycles of 21st-century piano music’.
Schellhorn’s performances of the music of Olivier Messiaen have been met with critical acclaim. He has been regular guest soloist in performances of Trois petites Liturgies de la Présence Divine, Turangalîla-Symphonie, Réveil des Oiseaux and Oiseaux Exotiques. His 2008 Signum Classics recording with the Soloists of the Philharmonia Orchestra, Messiaen: Chamber Works, received positive reviews on both sides of the Atlantic and was awarded an AllMusic Classical Editors’ Favourite.