Matthew Berliner is the acting second horn of the Oregon Symphony for the 2019/20 Season. Previously, he was an active freelance horn player and instructor in Seattle. He has also played several seasons as both acting principal horn and acting associate principal/third horn in the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra in Honolulu. He has appeared with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Opera, Macau Orchestra, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle’s commercial recording studios, and as guest principal horn with the Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra. At Seattle’s musical theatres he has played a variety of Broadway musicals including national tour stops of Phantom of the Opera and Wicked. Summer playing engagements have included playing with the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, serving on the faculty of the Sitka Fine Arts Camp in Alaska, and playing with the Lancaster Festival Orchestra.
Matthew holds a M.M. from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he studied with William VerMeulen. In addition, he earned a B.M. from Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied with Roland Pandolfi, and a B.A. from Oberlin College in Environmental Studies with a focus in geology. In addition, he studied with David W. Johnson at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland and was a Rebanks Family Fellow at The Royal Conservatory's Glenn Gould School of Music in Toronto.
In his free time he enjoys kitesurfing, cycling, and cooking.