Matthew Ockenden

Matthew Ockenden

Bassoon

About Matthew:

Matthew Ockenden holds the position of Associate Principal Bassoon of the Opera Australia Orchestra. Matthew joined what was then the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra in 1999.

Matthew commenced his bassoon studies at the Conservatorium High School in Sydney, under the tutelage of Gordon Skinner. He subsequently completed a Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium before travelling through Europe and continuing his study with various teachers. Matthew settled in Germany, studying Gustavo Nunez at the Essen Hochschule for Music and later Matthew Wilkie.

Since returning to Australia, Matthew has been active in the Australian music scene. He has performed as a guest principal musician with the Australian World Orchestra and most of the major symphony orchestras in the country.

A founding member of the Sydney Omega Ensemble, Matthew has a passion for chamber music. He has performed extensively with groups such as the Sydney Soloists and the Australia Ensemble.

Matthew is also a dedicated educator and advocate for the future of the arts in Australia. He has taught in a number of institutions including the Canberra School of Music. 

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