Matthew Berrill hails from Headford, County Galway, in the West of Ireland. He grew up with a rich musical education, learning various styles of music from his parents. He graduated with a Masters Degree in Music Performance in May 2010, where he specialised in jazz saxophone, clarinet and composition, studying with John Ruocco at the Royal Conservatoire, Den Haag, The Netherlands.
He teaches in numerous music education projects throughout Galway County, is conductor of the NUIG University Orchestra and is a founder of the ‘Headford Music Works’ teaching and performing scheme in North Galway.
He is Artistic Director of the Galway Jazz Festival and a member of many music ensembles in the jazz, improvised and traditional Irish worlds including Ensemble Ériu, Cuar, and the Irish Memory Orchestra.
Matthew was invited to become Principal Sax and Clarinet player for the Irish Memory Orchestra after successfully completing the 2013 Apprenticeship Scheme.