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Biography

New York based trumpeter/composer/conductor/educator Matt Holman has performed and/or recorded with such diverse jazz and creative artists as Fred Hersch, John Hollenbeck, Darcy James Argue, Bang on a Can’s Asphalt Orchestra, New York Voices, Jon Gordon, Matt Ulery, Bob Newhart, Andrew Rathbun, Los Amigos Invisibles, and The Gregory Brothers throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.  He has earned national and international performance awards including the International Trumpet Guild’s Jazz Improvisation Competition, the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition, the National Trumpet Competition, and Down Beat. His 5-piece chamber jazz group, Matt Holman’s Diversion Ensemble, released their debut recording “When Flooded” in March 2013 on Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records. In April 2017, Matt Holman’s The Tenth Muse, a project based on Sappho’s ancient fragments will be released on New Focus Recordings.

Taking inspiration from such diverse influences as Wayne Shorter, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Sigur Ros, Holman has composed and arranged works for Stefon Harris, Jane Monheit, Marvin Stamm, Ed Soph, David Baker, Marie Speziale, and The National Conservatory of Costa Rica and was a 2009 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s Competition winner.  A former member of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, Holman was the winner of the 13th annual BMI Foundation’s Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize/Manny Albam Commission.

A dedicated and passionate educator, Matt Holman has taught at the British School of Chicago, the Birch Creek Performance Center in Wisconsin, and served as the Artistic Director of the New York Youth Symphony Jazz Band for 6 years. He currently teaches at Manhattan School of Music and Hunter College.  The recipient of an Illinois Arts Council grant, he has served as a teaching artist and clinician at dozens of middle and high schools throughout the United States.  Holman holds a Bachelor of Music from Indiana University and Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music.

“Trumpeter Matt Holman is a creative and thoughtful improviser with a world-class sound. I expect big things from him in the years to come.”
(Fred Hersch, pianist/composer)

“Matt Holman is a trumpeter and composer with a fresh, lyrical voice. Like his music, Matt is warm, caring, and quietly passionate.”
(Pat Harbison, trumpeter/educator)

“Holman’s horn can be melodically direct or deceptive and cunning.”
(Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz)

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