An active member of the violin trade, Matthew Fritz is a regular attendee at auctions, competitions, workshops and conventions. He has attended the Oberlin bow restoration workshop as well as the workshop on violin setup lead by Hans Nebel. Before his current appointment, Matthew served as Director of Sales and Acquisitions of Carriage House Violins from 2013-2017 and managed the Sales Department of Johnson String Instrument from 2010-2013. As Vice President of Carriage House Violins, Matthew directly handles the acquisition, consignment, and appraisal of the instruments and bows with which this firm is entrusted. He also oversees the heads of the sales department, workshop, and our administrative staff to ensure that every part of our company is working at its best.
Matthew is an active violinist and conductor in the Boston area. A native of Scottsdale, Arizona, he holds a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the Eastman School of Music, and a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University in violin performance. His principal conducting teachers were Neil Varon and Robert Moody, and he studied violin performance with Dr. Kathryn McLin, Borivoj Martinic-Jercic, and Dr. Frank Spinosa.
Matthew's conducting experiences have included two seasons as the Conductor of Youth Programming with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and as Music Director of the Parkway Concert Orchestra in Norwood, MA. He has had the opportunity to guest conduct the Portland Symphony, Southern Arizona Symphony, Quincy Symphony, Cape Ann Symphony, and the Phoenix Symphony Guild Youth Orchestra. Matthew has also conducted the Mendoza Symphony in Argentina, and worked with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra through the Eastman Summer Conducting Institute.
His experience as a musician has been a significant asset as he consults with and advises client in buying or selling an instrument. He considers it an exciting and challenging experience working with players of all ages and abilities.