Acting Principal Cellist, Matthew Johnson has been a member of the Utah Symphony since 2010. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where he studied with Ron Leonard and Andrew Shulman. Prior to his appointment with the Utah Symphony, Matthew was a member of the Kansas City Symphony for six seasons. He has also performed in music festivals such as the Sarasota Music Festival and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany, where he served as principal cellist.
A musician with Utah roots, Matthew moved to Salt Lake City from Massachusetts when he was twelve years old. He made his solo debut with the Utah Symphony at age 18 and was a student of Richard Hoyt and Utah Symphony cellist, John Eckstein.
An avid chamber musician, Mr. Johnson has collaborated with such artists as Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Nicola Bennedetti, composers Steve Reich and Harrison Birtwistle, and dancer Misty Copeland.