Matthew Ferrandi studied BMus (Hons) clarinet performance at UCT 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 with Albie van Schalkwyk. He accompanies all his students. After pursuing a course of legal studies at UCT, Matthew has moved full-time back into the music world, 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, working alongside Dr Becky Steltzner, and Prof. Farida Bacharova. 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 currently teaches clarinet, saxophone and piano at Rustenberg Girls' Junior 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. He also plays as a freelance musician in the Cape Town Pops Orchestra, and currently is pursuing a business venture bringing together music, wine and food pairing and seeking to make classical music more accessible to a wider audience.
In his spare time, Matthew enjoys cooking, reading and hiking.