Matthew J. Detrick, violin
Violinist, chamber musician, and entrepreneur Matthew J. Detrick is an emerging leader in the professional arts world. He is co-founder and artistic director of Apollo Chamber Players, an internationally-acclaimed chamber music ensemble on the cutting edge of creative, programmatic performance and the commissioning of new music. Based in Houston (TX) the ensemble concertizes regionally, nationally, and internationally, including a 2013 Carnegie Hall debut and an upcoming tour of Cuba in January 2017. With Apollo, Mr. Detrick can be heard on Parma Recordings’ Navona Records label and on American Public Media’s nationally-syndicated program, Performance Today. He has concertized and collaborated with renowned artists and composers such as James Dunham, Timothy Pitts, Libby Larsen and Malek Jandali.
Mr. Detrick was appointed concertmaster of the Symphony of Southeast Texas (Beaumont, TX) in 2012 and has since been featured soloist performing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, Vivaldi’s and Piazzolla’s Four Seasons, and the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. In Houston, he performs frequently with the Houston Grand Opera and Ballet orchestras and with the period ensemble Mercury. A graduate of Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, his principal teachers include Kenneth Goldsmith, Collette Wichert and the late Raphael Fliegel, former concertmaster of the Houston Symphony.
Mr. Detrick is frequent guest speaker for alumni lectures and music entrepreneurship series at Rice University, Brazosport College, and the Houston Symphony’s Ima Hogg Competition. Through his business Detrick Arts, he contracts ensembles of all sizes for corporate events and charitable functions. Fun fact: Mr. Detrick had the privilege of performing an improvised solo with music legend Stevie Wonder during a March 2015 concert at Houston’s Toyota Center.
Mr. Detrick performs on a 1760 Giuseppe Testore violin and a 1886 Josephy Alfred Lamy bow.