Matthew Strauss has been applauded throughout the United States as an energetic percussionist and timpanist with a diverse musical background. In addition to his positions as Percussionist with the Houston Symphony and Timpanist with the American Symphony Orchestra at the Bard Music Festival, Mr. Strauss is currently on faculty at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music and at the Texas Music Festival at the University of Houston. He will be joining the percussion faculty at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music beginning in the fall.
Prior to his post in Houston, he performed as a member of the percussion section in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra throughout the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons. He also has performed regularly with the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, and San Diego Symphony Orchestra. Other orchestral appearances include concerts with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Pops. Solo appearances include performances with the Houston Symphony, Akron Symphony, New Hampshire Music Festival, Reading Symphony Orchestra, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, and Texas Music Festival Orchestra.
An active chamber musician, Mr. Strauss has performed with the Chicago Chamber Musicians, Da Camera of Houston, Foundation For Modern Music, Bard Festival
Chamber Players, Skaneateles Music Festival, and has participated in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s contemporary chamber series, Music Now, under the batons of Pierre Boulez and Esa-Pekka Salonen. In addition, Mr. Strauss is a founding member of the Battery Four Percussion Group, a dynamic ensemble known for crossing musical genres and premiering new works.
Mr. Strauss received his bachelor’s degree in Percussion Performance from the Juilliard School and his master’s degree in performance from the Esther Boyer College of Music at Temple University. He is an alumnus of both the Tanglewood and Aspen Music Festivals and has participated in the Spoleto Music Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. Mr. Strauss taught percussion performance at the Mason Gross School of Music at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. He is the founder of the percussion department at the Children’s Orchestra Society in Manhassett, NY and has given master classes and clinics at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Juilliard School, Aspen Music Festival and School, Northwestern University, Temple University, New York University, Peabody Conservatory of Music, Chapman University in Orange County, CA, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Texas Music Festival, Georgia State University, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Roosevelt University, and DePaul University in Chicago, IL. Mr. Strauss is a performing artist and clinician for the Pearl/Adams Corporation, Zildjian Inc., Evans, and Freer Percussion.