British pianist Matthew Schellhorn has given recitals in major venues throughout the UK, including Wigmore Hall and the Southbank Centre, and is a regular guest soloist at international festivals.
His keyboard performances fascinate and enliven the ear and mind
His first commercial release, with the Soloists of the Philharmonia Orchestra – Messiaen: Chamber Works (Signum Classics SIGCD126) – received positive reviews on both sides of the Atlantic and was awarded an AllMusic Classical Editors’ Favourite. His performances of the music of Olivier Messiaen have been met with superlative critical approval and he has been a regular guest soloist in performances of Trois petites Liturgies de la Présence Divine, Turangalîla-Symphonie, Réveil des Oiseaux and Oiseaux Exotiques with orchestras including the London Mozart Players.
Not a nuance was left unexpressed, not a silence given less than its due importance, not an emotional pivot-point neglected
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A prominent performer of new music, Matthew Schellhorn has commissioned many works for piano and has given numerous territorial and world premieres. His recent commission from Colin Riley, As the Tender Twilight Covers, was recorded for NMC and released in 2017 on the album Shenanigans (NMC Recordings NMC D241). In 2012, he gave the world premiere of Ian Wilson’s Flags and Emblems in the Belfast Festival with the Ulster Orchestra, followed three years later by another world premiere with the same orchestra of Ian Wilson’s Mutazione: Piano Concerto; both performances were broadcast on BBC Radio 3. In 2014, Diatribe Records released Matthew Schellhorn’s solo disc, Ian Wilson: Stations, a world premiere recording featured on RTÉ lyric fm as one of the ‘great cycles of 21st-century piano music’.
Sensitive playing
Matthew Schellhorn is also a successful collaborative artist with past seasons seing performances with the Carducci, Fitzwilliam and RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartets. He features on Outside (Nonclassical NONCLSS013), debut album of violinist Aisha Orazbayeva. Gramophone hailed his recent disc of songs by Joseph Horovitz and Geoffrey Bush with soprano Susanna Fairbairn (Naxos 8.571378) ‘a splendidly stylish and communicative alliance’.
He is also active as a teacher, giving regular masterclasses and workshops in the UK and abroad. He is a member of the Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge.

Born in Yorkshire in 1977, he studied in Manchester and Cambridge. His teachers included David Hartigan, Ryszard Bakst, Maria Curcio, Peter Hill, and Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen. He is Patron of The Sand House Charity, which supports educational, artistic and heritage projects linked with South Yorkshire, and is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

Current recording projects include the piano works of Herbert Howells for Naxos, to be released in 2020.