Scottish musician Matthew McAllister is widely regarded as one of the most exciting and talented Classical Guitarists in Europe. Matthew has been delighting audiences worldwide with his exquisite performances and effortless presentation for over a decade.
“The sweetness of McAllister’s elegant tone and fluent phrasing soothed the audience”
Classical Guitar Magazine
Born in Falkirk and raised in the East Neuk of Fife, Matthew studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama, with Allan Neave. Towards the end of his studies Matthew toured with Scottish Ballet, performed at The Simon Bolivar Guitar Festivals held at The Venezuelan Embassy in London and appeared on both the BBC and Spanish Television.
Matthew made his debut at the prestigious Concertgebouw Concert Hallin Amsterdam in 2009 and returned there in 2015, both performances were broadcast live by Radio 4 (National Broadcaster of the Netherlands) on the Spiegelzaal Show. Matthew made his London debut in the Purcell Room of the Queen Elizabeth Hall in 2007 and most recently was presented by the Iberian & Latin American Music Society Series at St Martin in the Fields in 2015. Regularly appearing on the stages of many major international Cities Matthew has performed in Los Angeles, Toronto, San Jose, Lima, Mexico City, San Francisco, Edinburgh, Sarajevo, Montreal, Tallinn, Chicago, Caracas, Abu Dhabi, Minsk, Vancouver, Reykjavik to name a few.
Matthew has produced an extensive discography with Baros Records, having 10 critically acclaimed albums to his name his output is as eclectic as it is accomplished.
“I had the chance to meet Matthew McAllister a few years back when he was adjudicating the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival in Canada. He is one of nicest people I’ve met and inspired my students as well as demonstrated some beautiful playing.”
Bradford Werner – Victoria Guitar Trio