Violist Matthew Williams was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and is an alumni of the North Carolina School of the Arts, The Juilliard School, The Berne University of the Arts, and the University of Minnesota where he earned his doctorate in 2016. He began his viola studies with Susan Barton and later teachers include Ulrich Eichenauer, Misha Amory and Korey Konkol.
Matthew has participated in the Killington, Kneisel Hall, and Spoleto Festivals and has studied chamber music with members of the Mendelssohn, Brentano, Juilliard, and Fine Arts Quartets. He has maintained a vibrant freelance career and has performed with several orchestras and chamber orchestras including The Berne Symphony, Camerata Schweiz, The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and The Minnesota Orchestra and Minnesota Opera.
In addition to performing, Matthew is also passionate about teaching and maintains a private studio in St. Paul. He served as Viola Faculty at Luther College for the 2019-2020 academic year. He lives with his wife Anna and three daughters Mara, Elise, and Lily in St. Paul and his hobbies include vegetable gardening, biking, and woodworking.