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Artist Biography

Matthias Schack-Arnott

Matthias Schack-Arnott

Schack-Arnott delivered a theatrically and musically captivating performance. — Resonate Magazine

Matthias Schack-Arnott is a young percussionist who is quickly establishing himself at the forefront of Melbourne's contemporary music scene. A multi-faceted performer, composer and improviser, Matthias has performed across Australia, China, Japan and Denmark.

Matthias is the Artistic Associate of Speak Percussion, one of Australia's leading percussive arts organisations. Matthias has been a key performer in all Speak Percussion's projects since 2007, and taken part in several interstate tours. Matthias has appeared as a soloist with the group on several occasions, notably giving the premiere performance of a new percussion solo by Liza Lim in 2011. Matthias has co-composed the music for Speak's Driftwood project alongside artistic director Eugene Ughetti.

He is also the co-founder and co-director of the award winning new music ensemble, Quiver, described as a 'talent-rich new body' by The Age. Known for their refined interpretations of cutting-edge music, Quiver have presented several innovative shows since their debut in mid-2009.

He has premiered new works by many notable composers, including Anthony Pateras, Liza Lim, Fritz Hauser, David Young, Thomas Meadowcroft, Chris Dench, David Chesworth, Brenton Broadstock, Luke Paulding, Warren Burt and James Rushford.

Aphids have embraced Matthias as a key performer in many projects across Australia and internationally, performing on miniature percussion instruments designed by Rosemary Joy.

Matthias also performs with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Made Opera, Synergy, Golden Fur, Victoria Opera and Glass Percussion Project.

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