Zoë Matthews, BASSOON

Zoë Matthews comes from Wirral in the north west of England. She studied at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) on modern bassoon, where she was awarded a first class bachelor’s degree 2006 and distinction in her Masters in Music Performance 2007. It was at the RNCM that Zoë first began playing early bassoon and completed her Masters Specialising in Early Music and Historical Performance Practice at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (SCB) in 2010, studying Baroque and Classical bassoon with Donna Agrell. She is currently studying at the SCB for a Masters in Pedagogy in Historical and Modern bassoon.

Zoe was selected for the European Baroque Academy Ambronay (2012) playing Rossini opera, European Union Baroque Orchestra (2009), as well as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s Young Players Experience Scheme, where she had the chance to work with names such as Sir Charles Mckerras, Roger Norrington and Vladamir Jurowski. 

She was invited to audition for the Academy of Ancient Music and has performed with many orchestras on both modern and period bassoons, including La Cetra (Andrea Marcon), Zürcher Kammer Orchester, Kammersolisten Zug, Les Passions Baroque Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orchestra of Classical Opera Company, Ensemble f2, Ensemble Cordia, Cristofori Ensemble, Capriccio Baroque Orchestra Basel, English Haydn Orchestra, 18th Century Concert Orchestra, and Britten-Pears Baroque Orchestra (Musaki Suzuki and Richard Egarr).

She featured as a soloist with NCB in Brecianello’s Concerto for Bassoon and Violin and also in a chamber concert of obligato arias for Bass and bassoon with iPizzicanti, in 2014. She has toured to Australia, South Korea, Russia and extensively across Europe.