ABOUT Matt Styles
One of the truly versatile saxophonists in Australia, Matt Styles seamlessly traverses jazz, classical, and funk. Describing himself as a performing educator, he has inspired audiences and students in the UK, Asia, and Australia.
Matt has shared the stage with such jazz and commercial artists as Ben Folds, Diana Ross, Dave Weckl, Paul Grabowsky, Tim Minchin, Olivia Newton-John, and The Manhattan Transfer. Having performed at the Villa Cellimontana (Rome) and Ninegates (Beijing) International Jazz Festivals, Matt also appears on numerous jazz, classical, and cross-genre recordings. He has released an album of Australian cross-genre works on Tall Poppies Records entitled Home by 11.
On the classical side, the Malaysian Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony Western Australian Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony, and Perth Symphony have all utilized Matt as their principal saxophonist. Every year since 1997, Matt has given Australian or World premiere performances of classical and cross-genre works, specifically arranged or composed for him. Recently, he began composing his own works for the saxophone which are published by Astute Music UK.
Currently, Styles is a Lecturer, Department head, and Director at Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University. He continues giving workshops, masterclasses, and concerts at the school level, as he is always keen to encourage music students to become the next creative artists.