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Matthew Barley

Matthew Barley (Cello)

Born: 2nd May 1965, London

Nationality: British

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The English cellist Matthew Barley was born in 1965 and studied at the Moscow Conservatoire and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama; he is particularly associated with contemporary repertoire and improvisation, having premiered works by composers including James MacMillan, Pascal Dusapin, John Metcalfe and Thomas Larcher, and regularly collaborates with non-classical musicians such as Jon Lord, Django Bates, Julian Joseph and Nitin Sawhney.

Barley’s discography includes The Peasant Girl (with his violinist wife Viktoria Mullova), John Tavener’s The Protecting Veil and Svyati, Jon Lord’s Durham Concerto, and Around Britten, which grew out of a project which saw Barley perform the solo cello suites in 100 venues across the country as a centenary tribute to the composer.

Further Reading: Matthew Barley

Interview, Matthew Barley on Tavener's The Protecting Veil

The boundary-crossing British cellist talks to David about his new recording of John Tavener's vast, sweeping concertante work for the cello.

Recording of the Week, Little Britten

Cellist Matthew Barley marks the centenary of the composer’s birth with a recital centring on the Third Cello Suite, whilst Edward Higginbottom and The Choir of New College Oxford bring a vital, pleasingly rough-round-the-edges approach that recalls Britten’s own children’s choirs to the scared choral music.

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