Matthew Horsley (b. 1986) is a multi-instrumentalist and composer currently based in Castlemaine, Victoria. Hailing from Brisbane, he received a Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, studying with Dr Vanessa Tomlinson. In 2009 he relocated to Melbourne and has completed a Master of Music Performance (by Research) at the Victorian College of the Arts.. He is currently undertaking a PhD in ethnomusicology at Monash University.
Matthew has an avid interest in Irish traditional music, specialising in the uilleann pipes (Irish bagpipes). As the recipient of a JUMP Mentoring grant, he traveled to Ireland in 2014 where he studied with renowned piper Mikie Smyth and performed a solo recital for Irish National Heritage Week. He is a regular performer on the Australian festival circuit and participant in the Melbourne session scene. His first uilleann piping album, Australian Waters, was released in 2015.
Matthew has performed extensively across classical, experimental, popular, jazz and folk genres, with artists such as Steve Reich, the Australian Art Orchestra, Speak Percussion, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Ludovico’s Band, Topology and Clocked Out. He performs regularly with Irish traditional music trio Trioc, Balkan folk ensemble Anja & Zlatna and in a duo with recorder player Ryan Williams.