Matthew Barley/Cellist

If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.

Albert Einstein

Programme samples:


  • Bach, Kodaly, O’Connor, Bryars
  • Gabrielli, Telemann, Bach, Britten
  • On The Road: Improvisation, Gabrielli, Bach, Kodaly, Britten, Metcalfe, DJ Bee/Barley. The programme is with electronics, and a narrative from Barley about the history of classical music
  • Contemporary: works for cello and computer by John Metcalfe with improvisations (See CD Constant Filter)

With piano:

  • Beethoven
  • Beethoven, Schumann (including song transcriptions)
  • Schumann, Messaien, Bach, Beethoven
  • Shostakovich, Schnittke, Part, Mansurian, Kanchelli, Ali Zadeh
  • Schnittke – complete works for solo cello and cello and piano

With Indian Musicians:

A musical journey round the world with Sanju Sahai – a master table player. Features music collected by Barley while travelling, from Australia, India, the Balkans and Turkey.

With Jazz:

A programme with British jazz pianist Julian Joseph. In the first half, Julian plays standards on solo piano, and Matthew solo Bach, and in the second half, they meet for a programme of music by Joseph, Pastorius, Jobim and others.

With Iranian Sufi Musician:

The Divan of Bach/Rumi This fascinating programme is with Iranian master musician Davod Azad and actor Ben Taylor (aka The Bee). Davod’s arrangements of Bach, set to the poetry of Rumi are quite astonishing! It also includes solo Bach, reading of Rumi by Ben, and a harpsichord and tabla player.