Matthew Fritz, Vice President and Director of Acquisitions at Carriage House Violins, is a prominent figure in the violin trade. With extensive experience participating in fine instrument auctions, competitions, workshops, and conventions, he is regularly consulted for his expertise in instrument attribution and valuation. His valuable insights are sought by dealers, experts, law enforcement agencies, and musical instrument insurance providers. Prior to his current role, Matthew held positions as Director of Sales and Acquisitions at Carriage House Violins and Sales Manager at Johnson String Instrument.
As a violinist and conductor in the Boston area, Matthew brings a wealth of musical knowledge and passion to his work. Originally from Scottsdale, Arizona, he holds a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the prestigious Eastman School of Music, as well as a bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Arizona State University. His conducting mentors include Neil Varon and Robert Moody, while his violin training was under the tutelage of Dr. Kathryn McLin, Borivoj Martinic-Jercic, and Dr. Frank Spinosa. In addition, Matthew studied bow repair at the Oberlin Restoration Workshop and violin setup under the guidance of Hans Nebel. His conducting experience includes collaborations with the Portland Symphony, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Mendoza Symphony, Quincy Symphony, Cape Ann Symphony, Wellesley Symphony, Parkway Concert Orchestra, and the Phoenix Symphony Guild Youth Orchestra.
Matthew currently resides in the Boston area with his wife and two sons.