Matthew Wilkie, Principal
Matthew Wilkie joined the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in 1986 as Principal Bassoon and has performed as a soloist and on recordings with the COE in repertoire including the Mozart bassoon concerto and the Strauss Duet Concertino. As a member of the COE Wind Soloists, Matthew also recorded, amongst other works, the complete Mozart's Wind Serenades and Wind Divertimenti with Teldec Classics and the six Trio Sonatas by Jan Dismas Zelenka, for "Claves". For MELBA he has recorded solo works by Bach and Telemann.
A prize winner at the Geneva International Music Competition, Matthew has also appeared as soloist with various orchestras in Germany.
Matthew is also in high demand as a teacher and has given master-classes all over the world.
In 2000 Matthew joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra where he is now based, and regularly commutes to Europe to honour his commitment to the COE.
The Principal Bassoon Chair is supported by The Rupert Hughes Will Trust in memory of the late Rupert Hughes.