MATTHEW DECKER was appointed assistant principal timpanist/section percussionist in the Seattle Symphony in 2016. Before joining Seattle, Decker spent two seasons as assistant principal percussionist of the North Carolina Symphony. He was also a fellow of the New World Symphony during the 2013-2014 season. His resumé includes concert appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Malaysian Philharmonic, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, and Battle Creek Symphony in Michigan. With Battle Creek, he made his solo debut in 2009, performing Russell Peck’s triple percussion concerto The Glory and the Grandeur. Decker was a 2011 fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and spent summers at the Music Academy of the West and Round Top Festival. He was an EMF student (‘08) before joining the EMF faculty in 2016. Decker has worked with conductors Michael Tilson Thomas, Kurt Masur, Christoph Eschenbach, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Alan Gilbert, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Ludovic Morlot and had the privilege of performing in a master class with Yo-Yo Ma. Decker studied at the Manhattan School of Music with Christopher Lamb, Duncan Patton and She-e Wu. He attended Roosevelt University, where he studied with Vadim Karpinos. A native of Seymour, Indiana, he began his musical training with Paul Berns of the Indianapolis Symphony.
Celebrating 60 Years of Musical Excellence
June 26 – July 31, 2021