Matthew Bourne

Lecturer in jazz piano and composition

Matthew Bourne has been a passionate explorer of anything musical since discovering an old grand piano in his school hall as a teenager - teaching himself to play by plundering scores of contemporary classical music, listening to countless hours of music on old cassette tapes, collecting vinyl albums, and developing a kinship with the cello; as well as a burgeoning desire to make music on anything old, broken or infirm.

Celebrated internationally for his intensely personal solo work, Bourne’s uncanny ability to balance delicacy and virtuosity whilst establishing a close affinity with his listeners, have become defining hallmarks of his concert performances.

Matthew Bourne’s first studio album, Montauk Variations (2012), has been widely acclaimed for its sense of stillness and serenity, marking an important musical turning point and the beginning of a new creative direction - attracting the attention of artists such as Amon Tobin and Nancy Elizabeth (both of whom invited Bourne to rework their material), and Bonobo - Juliet was chosen by Simon Green for inclusion in the latest in the Late Night Tales compilation series (2013).

Based in rural West Yorkshire, Bourne is currently working on a number of forthcoming projects for in his studio for The Leaf Label, after many years of being in constant demand as a collaborator.

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