ABOUT MATT HELLER
Calgary Phil Double Bassist Matthew Heller teaches the Continuing Education course, HUM 405 – Evenings with the Calgary Philharmonic at the University of Calgary.
A native of Tacoma, Washington, double bassist Matthew Heller joined the Calgary Philharmonic in 2007. He has frequently appeared as a recitalist and chamber musician, including performances with the Mountain View Chamber Music Festival, Land’s End Chamber Ensemble, Kensington Sinfonia, and the Instrumental Society of Calgary. He was awarded the Instrumental Society’s inaugural Janice Waite Scholarship in recognition of his contributions to Calgary’s performing arts community.
Heller also performs as Principal Bass with the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, a summer orchestra in Boulder, Colorado. He was previously a member of the New World Symphony (Miami, Florida), Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He has been an orchestral fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and the Verbier Festival in Switzerland and performed chamber music with the St. Lawrence String Quartet at Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina.
Heller completed studies at the New England Conservatory and Northwestern University. He has studied with some of today’s most accomplished bassists, including Donald Palma, Harold Robinson, Michael Hovnanian, Matthew McDonald, and Joel Quarrington. Heller performs on an Italian double bass attributed to Antonio Gilbertini, dated 1862.