Matthew Ventura began learning bassoon at age 15, becoming the only bassoonist in his rural hometown of Cooma NSW. Originally a flautist, he commenced a music degree 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 his year, he transferred to the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (Brisbane) where he graduated with a Bachelor of Music in 2016. During this time he freelanced professionally with QSO, TSO, and CSO, and became Principal Bassoon of AYO. He 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, and was a finalist in the Australian Flute Festival's national Young Artist Competition. He won the CYO concerto competition on both flute and bassoon, and has subsequently performed concertos with CYO and the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra.
Matthew is currently studying 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 bushwalking, cooking, playing competitive 500, and breeding/showing purebred miniature cashmere lop rabbits.
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