Born in Falkirk and raised in the East Neuk of Fife, Matthew studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama, with Allan Neave. Since graduating with Bachelor of Music with Honours in 2003, he has enjoyed continued success and is a regular performer and educator at Classical Guitar Festivals and Concert Series worldwide.
Regularly appearing on the stages of many major international Cities Matthew has performed in Los Angeles, Toronto, San Jose, Lima, Mexico City, San Francisco, Edinburgh, Sarajevo, Montreal, Tallinn, Chicago, Caracas, Abu Dhabi, Minsk, Vancouver, Reykjavik to name a few. Matthew has performed live on British, Spanish, Malaysian, Belgium, Peruvian, Dutch, Polish, Bosnian and Chilean television, has been featured on numerous radio broadcasts worldwide, toured extensively throughout North & South America, Europe and Asia both as a soloist and chamber musician. His Flute and Guitar Duo with Irish Flautist Aisling Agnew is a world leader in the genre having gained the very highest praise from music critics and their peers.
Matthew has produced an extensive discography with Natural Studio Records, Baros Records and RTE Lyric. WIth 7 albums to his name his output is as eclectic as it is accomplished.
His latest solo album French Collection (released in 2015) is tour de force of the French repertoire, Bach & Brouwer (released in 2008) is a bold pairing of suites by J.S.Bach and Leo Brouwer, Matthew’s debut album Merula (released in 2004) has now received a second edition pressing with Baros Records.
Matthew’s 2006 and 2015 albums Recital and Bidla with his duo partner Irish flautist Aisling Agnew affirms their reputation as the leading exponents of the Flute & Guitar genre featuring a wide range of virtuosic and beautiful music from around the globe.
As an educator Matthew holds the posts of Classical Guitar Tutor and Lecturer in Music at the University of St Andrews & Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and most recently established the Classical Guitar Retreat which presents a residential summer course on the Island of Cumbrae off the West Coast of Scotland.
“The guitar work, substituting for a more ambitious orchestra, carries the burden of shading the bright, optimistic, and virtuosic flute with all the dark foreboding of the drama. McAllister accomplishes this brilliantly with great understatement, never intruding, yet always pointing to the tragedy.”
Classical Music Guide
“From Baroque flair to modern soundscapes the Agnew McAllister Duo deliver virtuosity, beauty, and solid musicianship making Bidla a top ensemble pick for 2015.”
This is Classical Guitar
I had the chance to meet Matthew McAllister a few years back when he was adjudicating the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival in Canada. He is one of nicest people I’ve met and inspired my students as well as demonstrated some beautiful playing.
Bradford Werner Victoria Guitar Trio