2010 Honour Combo A
2010 Summer Jazz Workshop
Born in 1993, Matthew Chalmers is another young, up-and-coming Canadian musician. Now completing his final year of the Bachelor of Music program at Humber College, Matthew has had the opportunity to work with such outstanding Grammy-Award winning musicians Maria Schneider, Bob Mintzer, Danilo Perez, Guido Basso, Tommy LiPuma and Jack DeJohnette. He has studied with Barry Romberg, Larnell Lewis, Neil Swainson, Mark Kelso, Kirk MacDonald, Brian Dickinson, Barry Elmes, Ari Hoenig, Alex Samaras, Steve Mancuso and Raul Rekow. Matthew has been studying music through Humber’s Community Music School since the age of 4 and over the years his outstanding musicianship has been recognized with numerous awards and accolades. In 2011 the Hnatyshyn Foundation awarded Matthew with the $10,000 Oscar Peterson Grant for Jazz Performance as part of their national Emerging Artist Awards. MusicFest Canada National awards include winning the Zildjian Outstanding Young Drummer four times, the Music Industries Association of Canada (MIAC) Outstanding Instrumental Performance, as well as the Lou Williamson Scholarship for Outstanding Drumset Player. Most recently, Matthew won the Gordon and Anne Wragg Music Scholarship for his studies at Humber College. Matthew was selected to perform at the Port Hope All Canadian Jazz Festival each year from 2009 – 2011 as part of the TD Canada Trust Young Jazz Showcase. In 2009 and 2010, Matthew was selected to be part of “Manhattan on the Rideau: A Jazz Videoconference Master Class Series” with vibraphonist, Stefon Harris and again in 2011 with drummer John Riley. Matthew can frequently be heard performing on the Toronto scene with both peers and established professionals and continues to play services with his musician father at Heart Lake United Church in Brampton.