Matthew Bourne (musician)

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This article is about a British jazz musician. For the ballet and dance choreographer, see Matthew Bourne.
Matthew Bourne
Born (1977-10-06)6 October 1977
Avebury, England, UK
Genres Avant-garde
Occupation(s) Bandleader, composer, educator
Instruments Piano, keyboard, cello
Years active 2001 - Present
Associated acts The Electric Dr. M

Matthew Bourne (born 6 October 1977) is a British Jazz musician.

Childhood and education[edit]

Bourne was born in Avebury, England, and grew up in a small village situated in the Cotswolds, where he took up the trombone aged nine. In 1989, Bourne attended Kingham Hill School and began playing Cello the following year. After seeing Frank Sinatra play on television in 1993, Bourne began to teach himself the piano.[1]

Bourne enrolled at Leeds College of Music in 1995 where he began to explore contemporary classical composition and avant-garde. During his time at the college he performed Michael Daugherty’s Piano concerto ‘Tombeau de Liberace’ and John Cage’s ‘Concerto for Prepared Piano and Orchestra’. In 2001 Bourne graduated from the MMus Jazz Studies course.[2] Currently, Bourne is employed as a part-time lecturer at Leeds College of Music and has just completed a PhD in Performance at the University of Leeds.[1]


Matthew Bourne's success began in 2001 when he was named the Perrier Young Jazz Musician of the Year. His success continued the following year when he was awarded the prize for Jazz Innovation at the BBC Radio Jazz Awards. The Electric Dr M, the Leeds-based band Matthew co-formed, released their critically acclaimed eponymous debut album in October 2003. Matthew has recently collaborated with Spring Heel Jack, toured with The Italian Instabile Orchestra and was profiled in The Observer Music Monthly as "the future sound of jazz".[2]

Bourne has been commissioned to write works for Bath International Music Festival, London Jazz Festival, Leeds Fuse Festival and recently from pianist Joanna MacGregor and Faber Music. Bourne’s work has often been broadcast on various BBC Radio and Television programmes.[1]

Bourne is the piano player for Bourne/Davis/Kane.


  • Perrier Young Jazz Award, Musician Category, 2001
  • BBC Radio Jazz Awards, Innovation Award, 2002
  • International Jazz Festivals Organization (IJFO) International Jazz Award, 2005
  • Braaid Eisteddfod, Overseas Award, Instrumental Competition, 2007
  • International Visual Communications Association (IVCA) Bronze Award for Music (shared with Dan Berridge), 2007


  1. ^ a b c Matthew - Bio
  2. ^ a b Leeds College of Music - Alumni and Fellowships

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