(1956- ) Violinist
Matt Glaser has been chairman of the String Department at the Berklee College of Music in Boston for 20 years. Glaser is the first and only recipient of the Stephane Grappelli Memorial Award, "In recognition of his significant contribution to the teaching and playing of improvised string music in America," presented by the American String Teachers Association with the National School Orchestra Association. He has performed widely in a variety of idioms ranging from jazz to bluegrass to early music.
He has published four books on contemporary violin styles including Jazz Violin, co-authored with the late Stephane Grappelli. He has written for many music magazines including Strings, Acoustic Musician, and Acoustic Guitar. He has performed with Stephane Grappelli, David Grisman, Lee Konitz, Bob Dylan, the Waverly Consort, Fiddle Fever, and most recently with Wayfaring Strangers a band that fuses jazz and folk music. The Boston Herald called him "possibly America's most versatile violinist."
Glaser served on the board of advisors of the Ken Burns' JAZZ Documentary, and appears in the film as a talking head. He serves on the board of directors of Chamber Music America. Glaser has performed at the White House and at Carnegie Hall with Yo-Yo Ma and Mark O'Connor as part of Stephane Grappelli's 80th birthday concert. He has taught at the Mark O'Connor Fiddle Camp, University of Miami, American String Teacher Association conferences, International Association of Jazz Educator conferences, and many others.
courtesy of Matt Glaser