Matthew Duvall

Matthew Duvall is the percussionist for the chamber ensemble eighth blackbird. Matthew is a founding member of the ensemble, currently approaching its 20th season. 

eighth blackbird champions a performing aesthetic redefining the chamber music experience. Notable accomplishments include two Grammy awards, competition wins with the Concert Artist Guild and the Naumberg Foundation, six studio recordings with Cedille records, and ensemble-in-residence positions with the University of Chicago, the University of Richmond, and the Curtis Institute of Music. Composers commissioned and premiered include Steve Reich, David Lang, Stephen Hartke, and Steve Mackey. Touring nationally and internationally 200+ days a year, the ensemble is regularly engaged in coachings, clinics, speaking engagements, and other related activities, in addition to concertizing. 

Matthew studied at Oberlin College, and the Oberlin Conservatory with Michael Rosen, completing degree work in Percussion Performance, Classical Civilization, Art History, and Religion. Additional studies were completed at the University of Cincinnati and Northwestern University. 

Matthew proudly endorses Pearl Drums and Adams Musical Instruments, Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, Zildjian Cymbals, and Black Swamp Percussion Accessories. 

eighth blackbird is managed by David Lieberman Artists. 

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