Matthew Bourne

Bourne was born in Avebury in England and grew up near the Cotswolds. He took up the trombone at the age of nine. Bourne began playing Cello in 1989 at Kingham Hill School. Bourne learned the piano after watching Frank Sinatra perform on television in 1993. Bourne was enrolled at Leeds College of Music, 1995. He began exploring avant-garde and contemporary classical composition. He performed Michael Daugherty’s Piano concerto, ‘Tombeau de Liberace’, and John Cage’s ‘Concerto For Prepared Piano And Orchestra’ during his time at Leeds College of Music. Bourne graduated in 2001 from the MMus Jazz Studies program. Bourne currently works as a part time lecturer at Leeds College of Music. He also recently completed a PhD on Performance at the University of Leeds. Matthew Bourne was the Perrier Young Jazz Artist of the Year in 2001. He was also awarded the BBC Radio Jazz Awards prize for Jazz Innovation in 2002. Matthew’s Leeds-based band, The Electric Dr M, released their debut album, critically acclaimed, in October 2003. Matthew recently performed with Spring Heel Jack and toured with The Italian Instabile Orchestra. He was also profiled by The Observer Music Monthly, as “the future sound in jazz.” Bourne was recently commissioned to create works for the London Jazz Festival, Bath International Music Festival, and Leeds Fuse Festival. He also wrote music for Joanna MacGregor, Faber Music, and most recently, Joanna MacGregor. Bourne’s work was often broadcast on numerous BBC Radio and Television programs. Bourne/Davis/ Kane’s piano player is Bourne.

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