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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 Great Britain and attended University College London, where he received a first class degree in history. He subsequently moved to Germany to train as a musician and after two years in the Berliner Philharmoniker's Karajan-Akademie, he became a member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in 2013.

In addition to the MCO, Matthew divides his time between period instrument performance and new music and his primary focus is on performing with and providing artistic stimulus to his own ensembles. He is also a member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and collaborates extensively with MusicAeterna and Teodor Currentzis.