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The biography
of Matthew Berrill
Winds & Reeds

Matthew Berrill

Principal Sax / Clarinets

Profile for Matthew Berrill

Multi-instrumentalist Matthew Berrill leads a diverse career as a performer, improviser, composer, arranger and curator. He is an integral member of numerous ensembles in the jazz, improvised and traditional Irish music spheres, including The Irish Memory Orchestra and Ensemble Ériu, with whom he has recorded three critically-acclaimed albums for Raelach Records.

He plays in trio with Cormac McCarthy and Iarla Ó Lionáird, and is a regular performer with the acclaimed singer Mick Flannery. In 2022, he graduated with Distinction in the Master’s in Arts course from the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he was awarded the Benjamin Doéniger Jazz Scholarship.

Recent highlights include world premieres at Boyle Arts Festival and at the National Concert Hall as part of New Music Dublin, and soundscape composition for the award-winning spectacle theatre company Macnas for their production of Con Mór. Matthew has worked with RTÉ Concert Orchestra, The National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and Northern Ireland Opera.

Matthew curated Galway Music Residency’s 3 Saturdays: 3 Kinds of Music Series for four years from 2018 until 2021, and in partnership with Galway Music Residency and ConTempo Quartet, he instigated the JazzTempo project.

Matthew is grateful for the generous support of the Arts Council. 

Profile for Matthew Berrill