‘virtuosic’ – The Wire
‘a consummate musician’ – ABC
Matthias Schack-Arnott is a Melbourne based percussive artist working in contemporary classical and exploratory music as a performer, composer and improviser.
Matthias’ solo practice explores unique and ambitious approaches to percussive performance, often involving the development of new instrumental set-ups built in collaboration with architects, engineers and technicians. His work has been presented by Melbourne Festival, Arts House, Supersense Festival (Arts Centre Melbourne), MPavilion, Spor Festival (Denmark), Spot Festival (Denmark) & Next Wave (2012 & 2014). He won the 2014 Green Room Award in the category ‘Outstanding Work by an Emerging Artist’ for his work Fluvial.
At the age of 21 Matthias was invited to be the Artistic Associate of Speak Percussion, who were recently described by the New York Times as ‘virtuosic & adventurous’. Matthias is a key artist in the creative team and a performer in almost all of Speak’s projects nationally & internationally.
Matthias is also the founding member & co-director of two leading new music ensembles in Melbourne, Quiver Ensemble (2009-2014) and CATHEXIS (2013-present).
As a guest artist Matthias appears with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra, ELISION, Australian Art Orchestra, Synergy, Chamber Made Opera, Victoria Opera and Nick Tsiavos Ensemble.
Matthias has worked with many leading musicians, including Steve Reich, John Zorn, Stephen O’Malley, Erkki Veltheim, Fritz Hauser, Paul Grabowsky, Brett Dean, Anthony Pateras, Richard Barrett, Jon Rose, Robin Fox, Thomas Meadowcroft, Liza Lim, Oren Ambarchi and Chris Dench.
Performance highlights include Berliner Festspiele (Germany), Café OTO (UK), Barbican (UK), Roullette (New York), CONNECT Festival (Sweden), Batteries IV Festival (Geneva), Taiwan National Concert Hall, Salihara Festival (Indonesia), Adelaide Festival, Perth International Arts Festival, Melbourne Festival, MONA FOMA & Dark Mofo.