Author Archives: Matthew Barley

Amsterdam with Manu Delago

November 24th and 25th, Amsterdam Concertgebouw Kleine Saal in the series Tracks: I’ll be playing with Austrian hang drum player, Manu Delago. Apart from a small set at 3am in my Barbican all-nighter they will be our first performances together, so I’m really looking forward to sharing that stage and acoustic with such a fine […]

Sabbatical: Revelations and Reflections

I guess you want to know the revelations first? Well, in a nutshell, last summer I nearly gave up playing classical repertoire in favour of concentrating on the collaborations I do, and improvising – because of the effect nerves had on my playing. I only changed my mind because of four extraordinary sessions of hypnotherapy […]

HK Gruber Cello Concerto

Much of my last few months, in between and during other tours, has been taken up learning a cello concerto by HK Gruber. It’s an astonishing piece. Commissioned by the Koussevitsky Foundation for Yo-Yo Ma in Tanglewood in 1989 it has received quite a good number of performances around the world, but not enough, in […]

East Helsinki Music Institute – Perfect!

I’ve just enjoyed an extraordinary week making music with 75 children aged 10 – 20 and 25 teachers from the remarkable East Helsinki Music Institute. Much of the skill of the children seems to be down to their wonderful teachers and in particular a method called Colourstrings that gives fantastic ear-training at the same time. […]

A new page: Music is…

On the left you’ll see a tab called Music is… and there you will find a whole bunch of wonderful quotes about music. Some really incredible ones: why is that so many of the world’s greatest minds (not necessarily musicians) think that music is the deepest most powerful of all the arts? These quotes illustrate […]