Matthew Berliner splits his time between Honolulu and Seattle performing as the Acting Principal horn of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and as a musician with Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre and other Seattle ensembles. Previously, he was the Associate Principal and Third horn of the Hawaii Symphony. He has played with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Opera, Maui Pops Orchestra, Spokane Symphony, Ballet Hawaii, Canadian Sinfonietta, and the New World Symphony. He has also been part of a variety of Seattle-based commercial studio recordings. In 2011 he played in the YouTube Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House.
Summer engagements have included serving as faculty at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp in Alaska and playing in the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra. He has played with the Lancaster Festival Orchestra, Zermatt Festival Academy where he worked with members of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Lucerne Festival Academy, Spoleto Festival USA, Banff Music Centre, Moritzburg Festival Academy in Germany, National Repertory Orchestra, Music Academy of the West, The International Festival at Round Top, and the Kendall Betts Horn Camp.
Matthew was a Rebanks Family Fellow at The Royal Conservatory's Glenn Gould School of Music in Toronto where he studied with members of the Toronto Symphony. He holds a Master's Degree in Horn Performance from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music where he studied with William VerMeulen. He played under the artistic direction of Larry Rachleff. He holds Bachelor degrees from Oberlin College and Conservatory where he studied with Roland Pandolfi. He also earned a degree in Environmental Studies with a focus in Geology. He has studied with David W. Johnson at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland and with Mark Robbins, Associate Principal horn of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.
In his free time he enjoys kitesurfing, cycling, and cooking.