Pittsburg State University
Cellist Matthew Herren is active in the musical life of southeast Kansas and New York City. He regularly appears at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center with the Orchestra of St. Luke's and with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, Lawrence Chamber Orchestra, and Symphony of Northwest Arkansas.
As a member of Trio Fedele and the New York Chamber Soloists, Mr. Herren toured extensively in the United States, with performances at major venues including Alice Tully Hall, the National Gallery, and Philadelphia's Academy of Music. Trio Fedele commissioned, premiered, and recorded Lowell Liebermann's Trio, Op. 87 to critical praise. Mr. Herren has also appeared in ensembles with Albert Fuller, Jennifer Frautschi, Colin Jacobsen, Menahem Pressler, Arnold Steinhardt, Dawn Upshaw, Robert White, and the American and Ying String Quartets. He has recorded orchestral and chamber works for the Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, Atlantic, Artek, and London Decca labels.
Mr. Herren has played, often as principal cello, under many of today's most distinguished conductors, including James DePriest, James Levine, Roger Norrington, André Previn, Simon Rattle, Donald Runnicles, Gerard Schwarz, and Michael Stern. He has been heard with prominent chamber orchestras of his generation, including Metamorphosen Chamber Ensemble, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Concertante Chamber Players, and NewEar Contemporary Ensemble. Mr. Herren has appeared at the Caramoor, Norfolk, Ravinia, Red Lodge, and Sarasota Festivals, and he spent five seasons as principal cellist of the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra.
In the world of popular music, Mr. Herren has appeared with Metallica at Madison Square Garden, Sting, Billy Joel, and James Taylor at Carnegie Hall, and with Vanessa Williams and Luciano Pavarotti on Saturday Night Live. Special projects of recent seasons include period-instrument chamber music with the Helicon Ensemble in New York City, over 80 performances in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico as principal cellist of Star Wars: In Concert, and summer residencies at the Bay View Music Festival in Michigan and the Chamber Music Conference at Bennington College, Vermont.
Mr. Herren is a member of the advisory board of the Helicon Foundation in New York City, which presents an annual subscription series of four symposiums featuring performance and discussion of chamber music on period instruments.
A graduate of the Juilliard School, Mr. Herren is lecturer in cello at Pittsburg State University, where he conducts the PSU Chamber Orchestra. He also serves on the music faculty of Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri.