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Internationally acclaimed marimba virtuoso Matthew Coley has distinguished himself as one of the country’s most versatile percussion artists and educators. He has performed as a soloist and collaborator with orchestras and ensembles throughout the United States and abroad, including the Millennium Chamber Players, San Francisco Sinfonietta, Kurpfalzisches Kammerorchester Mannheim, and Moldavian Philharmonic and Teleradio Symphony Orchestras. Matthew is currently serving as Lecturer in Percussion at Iowa State University.
Released in 2012, Matthew’s second album "Souvenirs" establishes him as one of the most innovative and exciting artists of his kind. T. Adam Blackstock wrote of it in the July 2012 Percussive Notes, “If you are in search of a disc with great recording quality, a high level of performance, and an eclectic collection of tracks, this title should be added to your iTunes wish list. Matthew Coley’s 'Souvenirs' delivers 80 minutes of diverse works for solo marimba, marimba and piano duo, and percussion ensemble.”
In 2012, Matthew was a finalist in the International Web Concert Hall Competition and in 2008, he placed third in the prestigious 5th World Marimba Competition in Stuttgart, Germany. He is the only American ever to place. He also placed third in the 2005 WAMSO/Minnesota Orchestra Young Artist Competition. He was a finalist in the 2004 Houston Symphony Orchestra Ima Hogg Young Artist Competitions, and he won first place in the 2000 Music Teachers National Association Solo Percussion Competition, the 2000 Percussive Arts Society (PAS) Marimba Concerto Competition, and the 1999 Yamaha Young Performing Artist Award.