Matthew Fritz 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 serving two seasons as the Conductor of Youth Programming with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and as former 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.
An active member of the violin trade, Matthew is a regular attendee at auctions and conventions including the Violin Society of America and Music China in Shanghai. He has attended the Oberlin bow restoration workshop as well as the workshop on violin setup lead by Hans Nebel. Before his appointment as Director of Sales and Acquisitions of Carriage House Violins, Matthew managed the Sales Department of Johnson String Instrument from 2010-2013.
His experience as a musician has been a significant asset as he assists other players in finding their ideal instrument. He considers it an exciting and challenging experience working with players of all ages and abilities.