‘virtuosic’ – The Wire
‘a consummate musician’ – ABC
Matthias Schack-Arnott is a Melbourne based
percussive artist working in contemporary classical and exploratory music as a
performer, composer and improviser.
Matthias’ solo work explores unique and
ambitious approaches to percussive performance, often involving the development
of new instrumental set-ups built in collaboration with architects, engineers
and technicians. His work has been presented by Melbourne Festival, Arts House,
Supersense – Festival of the Ecstatic (Arts Centre Melbourne), MPavilion, Spor
Festival (Denmark), Spot Festival (Denmark) and Next Wave (2012 & 2014).
His recent solo, Fluvial, won the 2014 Green Room Award in the category
‘Outstanding Work by an Emerging Artist’.
At the age of 21 Matthias was invited to be
the Artistic Associate of Speak Percussion, who recently won the 2016 Art Music
Award for Excellence in Experimental Music. Matthias is a key artist in the
creative team and a performer in almost all of Speak’s projects nationally
Matthias is also the founding member &
co-director of two leading new music ensembles in Melbourne, Quiver Ensemble
(2009-2014) and CATHEXIS (2013-present).
As a guest artist Matthias appears with the
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra, ELISION,
Australian Art Orchestra, Synergy, Liquid Architecture, Clocked Out, Chamber
Made Opera, Victoria Opera and Nick Tsiavos Ensemble.