Matthew Witmer is the founder/viola player of the
Mercury String Quartet.
Born in Ft. Lauderdale, and a Philadelphia native,
Matthew graduated from the Boston
Conservatory with a bachelor’s of music in viola performance,
and began his master’s studies at the New
England Conservatory. Matthew studied with Patricia McCarty
and Ed Gazouleas of the Boston Symphony and briefly with James Dunham.
Relocated to Los Angeles in 2001, he has studied with Dale Hikawa
Silverman, and currently studies wtih Jerry Epstein and Ray Tischer.
Matthew is a member of the
Dakah Hip Hop Orchestra, which has been invited to the New Orleans
Jazz Festival and Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. Other
orchestras he has played with include: the
Wild Ginger Philharmonic, Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra, Desert
Symphony, AYS and Debut Orchestras. Matthew has also attended the
Mancini Institute in 2005.
He has performed at such venues as: Boston
Symphony Hall, NEC’s Jordan Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall,
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Zipper Hall, UCLA Royce and Schoenberg
Halls, USC’s Bovard Auditorium, Skirball Cultural Center,
Beverly Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas House of Blues, San Francisco Palace
of Fine Arts, and California Plaza.
He has shared the stage with such names as Tony Danza, Harrison
Ford, Isaac Stern, Yefim Bronfman, Gil Shaham, John Novacek, and
singers from the LA Opera. He has also played with names from the
rock, hip-hop and jazz worlds including: Holly Palmer, Lili Haydn,
Guru, John Tesh, and Diane Schurr.
Matthew has worked with such distinguished conductors as John Williams,
Gunther Schuller, Joseph Silverstein, Michael Tilson Thomas, James
Newton Howard, Alan Silvestri, Alf Clausen, Kent Nagano, Doc Severinsen,
Ronald Feldman, Joana Carneiro, and Frank Fetta. Matthew has also
been featured in music videos and on film trailers.