When you meet Matt, ask him… What is a viola d’amore? What exactly is a Boomer Sooner? What is his favorite baseball team?
Violist Matthew Dane enjoys a career both teaching and playing. A resident of Boulder, Colorado, he is principal violist of both the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO) and Opera Colorado. Additionally, he is a member of both the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado and the Boulder Piano Quartet.
A passionate chamber collaborator, Matt has performed with the Dorian Wind Quintet, Houston-based CONTEXT, Athelas Ensemble (Denmark), the Fischer Duo, and members of the Brentano Quartet, among others. Chamber music festival appearances include OK Mozart, Portland (Maine), Chamber Music Quad Cities (Iowa), Ruby Mountains (Nevada), Land’s End (Calgary), and Tanglewood. He and his wife, Christina Jennings, founded Brightmusic, a chamber music ensemble in Oklahoma City. Dane has also been a featured soloist with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, BCOC, St. Martin’s Chamber Choir, and ROCO, performing repertoire from Bach to Morton Feldman.
Teaching has long been a great interest of and mission for Dane. He earned tenure as a Professor of Viola at the University of Oklahoma, and more recently has served on the faculties of Metro State University of Denver and the University of Colorado. He actively maintains a private teaching studio in Boulder, CO. During the summers, he teaches his own Boulder Violist Session, as well as at Greenwood Music Camp. He has also served the American Viola Society as both a board member and as the editor of its peer-reviewed journal. His doctoral document, which examines the teaching influence of Karen Tuttle, enjoys wide circulation among amateur and professional violists nationwide.
Recently Matt has become fascinated by the viola d’amore. He owns two instruments, one commissioned from renowned luthier Martin Biller in 2013, the other an Eberle from 1731. In addition to exploring repertoire from the Baroque period, he has commissioned new solo works by Reena Esmail, Michael Theodore, Conor Brown, and Marcus Maroney.
More information can be found at www.daneviola.com.