Born in Yorkshire in 1977, Matthew Schellhorn is a regular guest soloist at international festivals and has performed live on numerous international radio stations.
A prominent performer of new music, Matthew Schellhorn has given numerous territorial and world premieres. He has a particularly close working relationship with Irish composer Ian Wilson of whose music he is a frequent dedicatee. 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’. A recent commission from Colin Riley was recorded for NMC and released in 2017 on the album Shenanigans (NMC Recordings NMC D241). Matthew Schellhorn’s performances of the music of Olivier Messiaen have been met with superlative critical approval. His disc with the Soloists of the Philharmonia Orchestra, Messiaen: Chamber Works (Signum Classics SIGCD126), received positive reviews on both sides of the Atlantic and was awarded an AllMusic Classical Editors’ Favourite. Matthew Schellhorn is also a successful collaborative artist. He features on Outside (Nonclassical NONCLSS013), debut album of violinist Aisha Orazbayeva. In 2017, Naxos released a disc of songs by Joseph Horovitz and Geoffrey Bush (Naxos 8.571378) recorded with soprano Susanna Fairbairn, which Gramophone hailed as ‘a splendidly stylish and communicative alliance’.