Matthew Ferrandi studied BMus (Hons) clarinet performance at UCT under the guidance of Dr Becky Steltzner and graduated with distinction in clarinet and chamber music in 2014. He also took piano lessons from a young age and studied piano at UCT under Albie van Schalkwyk. He accompanies all his students, and is passionate about encouraging the pursuit of excellence in teaching, chamber music and solo performance.
Matthew is an experienced orchestral musician and managed the UCT Symphony orchestra for three years while a student. He has coached at the Franschoek Chamber Music Workshop in the past, which is where he developed his passion for collaborative music-making. He won the Schock Foundation prize for chamber music for three years in a row while studying at UCT. He has travelled extensively and worked with eminent conductors and musicians such as Victor Yampolsky, Bernard Gueller, Arjan Tien and Alexander Fokkens. He has had lessons in Salzburg with Ferdinand Steiner, principal clarinet of the Mozarteum orchestra, as well as with South African expat Robert Pickup, principal clarinet of the Zurich Opera Orchestra.
Matthew is also a keen vocalist and was a member of Vox Cape Town as a first tenor for a number of years, as well as True Voices.
Matthew currently teaches clarinet, saxophone and piano at Kirstenhof Primary School, Wynberg Girls' Junior School as well as Beau Soleil, and is committed to developing a sense of pride and passion in his students about music.