‘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 & internationally.
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.