Matthew Hardy

Timpani / Percussion

Hardy, Matthew - Biography

Matthew Hardy, originally from Bath, attended the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and graduated with a first class degree in 2010, winning the Gemma Sharp Memorial Award. 

Matt is currently Principal Timpanist of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, a position he has held since early 2014. He has worked regularly with some of the UK’s finest ensembles including the Academy of St Martins-in-the-Fields, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Hebrides Ensemble, Northern Sinfonia, Philharmonia, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, RPO Concert Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru and Welsh National Opera. In 2014 Matt won a place on the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s prestigious placement scheme, which has fuelled his interest in period instruments and performance.

In 2013 Matt recorded the Schumann Symphonies with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Robin Ticciati, for which his performance using hand-tuned timpani was highly praised.

Aside from performing Matt is a passionate teacher. He currently works with some of the UK’s finest young percussionists at Wells Cathedral School and has tutored for the National Youth Wind Ensemble, National Youth Children’s Wind Ensemble and National Youth Wind Orchestra of Wales amongst other youth projects. Matt also works extensively with SCO Connect on a large array of projects for players and composers of all ages, as well as delivering masterclasses at the University of St Andrews. 

60 Seconds with Matt

Why did you choose your instrument?  
I started on trumpet and piano and started playing drums at secondary school. The percussion came as a result of too many trumpeters in our county wind band, so I switched!

What do you love most about playing your instrument? 
The variety of different instruments and sounds. Also the massive range of music the percussion family can be apart of. Anything from Rock and Jazz to Early Baroque!

What is it like to perform in a concert? 
I love the buzz of performing live and especially working with other musicians. Its also that feeling of unknown as we start a performance because every time, even with the same piece, the result is different. You never know what is going to happen!