Known for his stunning blend of dazzling virtuosity and colorful expressivity, Matthias Maute is recognized as one of the foremost recorder players of his generation, and has earned an international reputation for his formidable talents as a traverso player as well as a composer. In 1990, after finishing his studies in Freiburg and Utrecht with Baldrick Deerenberg and Marion Verbruggen, he was awarded first prize in the prestigious Musica Antiqua Competition in Bruges, Belgium. That same year his CD Les Barricades, which includes some of his own works, was released. Four years later, he won the Dutch Impresariat Chamber Music Competition with Trio Passagio.
Matthias is the Artistic Director of Ensemble Caprice, for whom he has developed some highly original programmes which include his own arrangements and compositions. The ensemble has performed at several major European venues and will give a concert in the Boston Early Music Festival concert series in January, 2005. Matthias also tours regularly in Europe and the United States with the baroque ensemble REBEL as a recorder and flute soloist. In addition to his work in chamber music, Matthias is the first flautist of the Baroque Trinity Consort Orchestra in Portland, Oregon, conducted by Eric Milnes, and he also plays with the REBEL Baroque Orchestra in New York, conducted by Owen Burdick.
Matthias’ compositions hold an important place in the world of contemporary recorder music and are frequently heard in concerts in Europe and North America. They have been published by Amadeus (Switzerland), Carus (Germany), Moeck (Germany), Mieroprint (Germany) and Ascolta (The Netherlands). Miserere, his double concerto for viola, cello and orchestra was premiered in Boston in 2002.
Much in demand as a teacher at workshops in the U.S. and in Europe, Matthias has been featured at early music festivals around the world, including those of Boston, Amherst, Bruges, Berlin, Kassel, Schwetzingen, Stuttgart, Avignon and Berkeley. He is a professor at McGill University in Montreal and his new book on improvisation on the recorder will be published by Breitkopf & Härtel in 2004. Matthias can be heard on Vanguard Classics, ANTES Editions, ATMA Classique and Dorian Recordings.