Matthew Dane is simply one of the best violists I have ever heard...I was struck by his ability to put together such a remarkable ensemble.

- Opus Colorado, 1/15/12

     Matthew Dane stepped out of his role as principal violist into the soloist's spotlight for an Oklahoma City premiere of Ralph Vaughan Williams' 1934 "Suite for Viola and Orchestra." ...Dane was an ideal guide through what might be compared to a leisurely walk through the English countryside. At turns pastoral, melancholy, jaunty and rustic, the suite offered Dane the chance to display an entirely different color palette. The most impressive was the delicate and languid sixth movement, played throughout with a mute. But whether invoking British folk song, rustic dance music or a lively fiddle tune, Dane won over the audience with his rich, warm sound and his intelligent playing.

- The Oklahoman, 4/17/07

 

Matthew Dane regularly performs with:

     He has held orchestral positions the Oklahoma City Philharmonic (Principal), Colorado Music Festival (Asst Principal), Houston Ballet Orchestra, Hannover State Opera (Germany), and Springfield Symphony (Massachusetts).

Boulder Piano Quartet:
David Korevaar (pno), Matthew Dane, Beth Kipper (vln), Thomas Heinrich (vcl)

     As an orchestral soloist, his varied repertoire has included Feldman Rothko Chapel, Shulman Theme and Variations, Vaughan Williams Suite for Viola and Orchestra and Flos Campi, Vanhal Concerto, Mozart Sinfonia Concertante, Telemann Concerto, Rolla Rondo, Stamitz Concerto in D, Bach Brandenburg Concerto #6, Strauss Don Quixote, and John Ferguson Christus Cycle with choir.

     As a chamber collaborator Matt has performed with many ensembles, including the Colorado Quartet, the Dorian Wind Quintet, Houston-based CONTEXT, Athelas Ensemble (Denmark), the Fischer Duo, the Portland String Quartet, Orchestra 2001 (performing Boulez Le Marteau Sans Maitre), and members of the Brentano Quartet, among others. Chamber music festival appearances include OK Mozart, Portland (Maine), Chamber Music Quad Cities (Iowa), Ruby Mountains (Nevada), and Tanglewood. He and his wife Christina Jennings founded Brightmusic, a chamber music series in Oklahoma City, and in 2011-2012 directed a chamber music series in downtown Denver. With the Boulder Piano Quartet and Jon Manasse he has recorded quintets of Lowell Liebermann. In 2012-13 Dane looks forward to string sextet performances in Englewood and Boulder, and first appearances with the Front Range Chamber Players, Fort Collins' Off the Hook Festival, and  as Principal with Opera Colorado.