Matthew Berliner is a freelance horn player and instructor in the greater Seattle area. He was the Acting Principal horn of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra in Honolulu from 2015 to 2017 and the Acting Associate Principal and Third horn in 2014. He is frequently called to play with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, 5th Avenue Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle-based commercial studio recording projects, and a variety of other ensembles. He has played with Seattle Opera, Spokane Symphony, Ballet Hawaii, Canadian Sinfonietta, New World Symphony, the YouTube Symphony Orchestra in Sydney, Australia, and as Guest Principal with the Maui Pops Orchestra and Symphony Tacoma.
Summer engagements have included playing at the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra and serving as faculty at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp in Alaska. He has also 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. In addition, he studied with David W. Johnson at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland.
In his free time he enjoys kitesurfing, cycling, and cooking.