Matthew Oliphant


The Denise & Barry Blank Chair

Hornist Matthew Oliphant is a new music and chamber music specialist living in Chicago, IL. As solo hornist with Ensemble Dal Niente, he performs the music of our time by established and emerging composers, as well as classics of the new music repertoire. Oliphant is also a member of the Grossman Ensemble, part of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition (CCCC). In residence at the University of Chicago, the ensemble presents 12 world premiers a year, including pieces by luminaries like Shulamit Ran, David Rakowski, Tania León, and Kate Soper.

In demand as a chamber musician, he is a member of the Chicago Wind Project, and has performed with Fulcrum Point New Music Project, Access Contemporary Music, Present Music, Axiom Brass, Quintet Attaca, and on the Rush Hour concert series. Also an orchestra player he regularly plays with the Lyric Opera (Chicago), Grant Park Orchestra, Chicago Philharmonic, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, and has served as guest principal horn of the St Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Florida Orchestra, the Chicago Chamber Orchestra.

Far from being constrained by the classical tradition, he regularly performs with experimental ensemble, has performed with jazz greats such as Ken Vandermark and Matt Ulery, and performed as a member of the free jazz/classical/improv hybrid ensemble the Tomorrow Music Orchestra.

+ One year appointment