Cellist Matthew Smith is on a mission to excite audiences and inspire young people through classical music. Active as a performer and an educator, he seeks to share his passion with audiences and students alike.

Matthew is a founding member of Soundry, a Boston-based ensemble that promotes contemporary classical music not often performed in Boston, and Palaver Strings, a conductorless chamber orchestra committed to taking classical music beyond the concert hall. He is also an active performer in New York City and is a frequent guest artist with New York-based ensemble, Contemporaneous.

He performs regularly with the MusicaNova Orchestra, the Orchestra of Indian Hill and the Arizona Opera. As a passionate educator, he has served as a Teaching Assistant at The Boston Conservatory and also serves as a guest lecturer at the Verdi Arts School in Beijing.

 Matthew has participated in solo master classes with Colin Carr, Gautier Capuçon, and Bernard Greenhouse and has studied chamber music with members of the St. Lawrence String Quartet and Brentano String Quartet. He received the Master of Music at The Boston Conservatory, where he studied with Andrew Mark, the Bachelor of Music from Arizona State University, where he studied with Thomas Landschoot and graduated summa cum laude.