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Matthew Sadler



When and where was your first concert with the MCO? Ferrara 2010 – Fidelio with Claudio Abbado followed by a recording of Wagner arias with Jonas Kaufmann.

What would you do if you weren’t a musician? I’d love to have been a butcher.

What’s the last book you read? When the Facts Change; Essays 1995 – 2010 by Tony Judt

The most inspiring composer: Probably Wagner, with Edgard Varèse as a wildcard.

If you could play another instrument what would it be? If I could start again, I’d choose the French Horn, but once I give up the trumpet, I’ll be taking organ lessons.


Matthew Sadler was born in London in 1981. He received a First Class Degree in History from University College London in 2003 before moving to Germany to study the trumpet with Hannes Läubin in Munich and Jeroen Berwaerts in Hanover. He was awarded a DAAD Scholarship and won a position at the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra’s Karajan Akademie. He is a member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and performs in the Lucerne Festival Orchestra.

Outside the orchestra, Matthew’s repertoire ranges from baroque music to new commissions. He devotes much of his time to the natural trumpet, collaborating extensively with MusicAeterna and Teodor Currentzis, as well as appearing as a soloist with ensembles such as the Münchner Hofkapelle.

In 2009, Matthew founded Ensemble Schwerpunkt, a brass quintet that focuses on contemporary music and collaborates with a broad range of composers. Having won various national and international competitions, the group completed an extended production for Deutschlandfunk and is Ensemble-in-Residence at the Summer 2015 aDevantgarde Festival in Munich. In addition to his work with Schwerpunkt, Matthew’s other new music projects include a performance of Richard Ayres’ NONcerto for trumpet.