2018 MusiciansMatthew Ventura

Matthew began learning bassoon at age 15, becoming the only bassoonist in his rural hometown of Cooma in NSW. Originally a flautist, he commenced tertiary studies on both instruments at the Australian National University (Canberra) before deciding to major in bassoon. After receiving the Erika Haas Prize for the most outstanding instrumentalist of the year, he transferred to the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (Brisbane) where he graduated with a Bachelor of Music in 2016. He has appeared with MSO, QSO, TSO and CSO as a guest bassoonist, and was Principal Bassoon of the Australian Youth Orchestra in 2017. Matthew has won several solo and chamber music competitions, including the Australasian Double Reed Society Baroque Competition, and Queensland Double Reed Society Competition.

Also passionate about playing the flute, Matthew has performed as Principal Flute of Canberra Concerto Orchestra and Canberra Youth Orchestra (CYO), and was a finalist in the Australian Flute Festival's national Young Artist Competition. He has won the CYO Concerto Competition on both flute and bassoon, and subsequently performed concertos with CYO and the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra.

Matthew is currently training at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), and when he isn't playing or listening to music, he enjoys pursuing an eclectic set of hobbies including reading quality non-fiction, running around Albert Park Lake, playing 500 competitively, and hunting down the latest free food deals in Melbourne.

Image by Pia Johnson

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