Colin Matthews

Cello Player, Teacher, Composer & Arranger
"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to remain silent."
Victor Hugo

Colin Matthews - cellist in the dark......again.
"Let us go then, you and I,
When the evening is spread out against the sky"
   - T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
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     In the past, violin and piano have been the dominant solo instruments. Bit by bit, the cello has been catching up. Today,  in my view, the cello has become the most popular solo instrument. There are so many of my  musician friends that have told me if they were to do it all again, they would chose to take up cello.  Why make the same  mistake they all made...choose the cello right from the get go.  Check out my "Teaching" page to find out what private lessons are all about.
    You might find it surprising to know that, despite  the cello being the musical instrument with the most  beautiful voice, there exists a large body of beautiful music composed for instruments other than the cello.  Perhaps composers enjoyed the challenge.  Perhaps if the kazoo had been around in Mozart's time we might not have had such a  stunningly beautiful Clarinet concerto.  This musical dilemma of works being written for the lesser instruments, combined with requests from students, led to the many arrangements and transcriptions I have done .  These can be found on  the "Arrangements and Transcriptions"  page. Loads of cello ensemble samples, cello duos, trios, quartets.....all the way up to a duodectet. (I had to look that one up). All for sale in PDF format. Please contact me for prices.

      Bach up to the Beatles. Spanish, French, Russian and more. I hope you will enjoy.  If you hear something you like, let me know. If you have any requests for anything that should have been written for the cello, please let me know.  It's like going back in time and fixing the mistakes of the past. No, I don't have Pachebelle's Kanon.
Check out "My Music" page and see some of the things I have done here in Nova Scotia as well as abroad.
   Check out the "What's New" page to see what is new in the cello world, or even just cello in Nova Scotia. Links to all sorts of cello related stuff plus newly added arrangements for, you guessed it, cello ensembles.
Call me, maybe 902-430-3980
Gatto Dolce Duo - B. Romberg
Sonata in C major, Op. 43, Nr. 2
Original Manuscript  Prelude to the 5th Suite for solo cello - by J.S. Bach
By the way....learn to hate Pachebelle's Kanon here