Born in Melbourne, Matthew started training at Ballet Theatre Australia in 1999 and continued to develop his skills at The Australian Ballet School in 2002. 2005 saw Matthew perform for the first time with the West Australian Ballet in their season Dangerous Liaisons, by Simon Dow. After graduation Matthew moved to Canada to join Alberta Ballet and during his time there he portrayed Tybalt and Velmont in Romeo and Juliet and Dangerous Liaisons respectively. Matthew also had the opportunity to perform in his favourite piece being Yukichi Hattori’s choreography of Tubular Bells.
After five years with the company, and a side line participation in the Banff Professional Dance summer intensive programme, Matthew moved to Perth to continue to grow as a dancer joining West Australian Ballet for their 2010 Gala season.
The new directorship of the company led Matthew into the height of his career when he was promoted to principal dancer after the season of Onegin by John Cranko in 2013. His portrayal of Onegin resulted in a nomination for most outstanding performance by Male dancer award at the WA Dance Awards in 2014. Matthew went on to receive the award in 2014 after his performance of Edward Clug’s Radio and Juliet.
2015 has seen Matthew perform in Zip Zap Zoom and Hold the Fourth at West Australian Ballet’s Quarry season. His most recent performance Who Cares?, by George Balanchine sees him in his true element; cheeky and charismatic.
Matthew is looking forward to the 2015 season of Coppélia as it allows the continual improvement of his artistic and theatrical abilities as a dancer.
In his spare time Matthew enjoys hanging out with mates and riding his motorbike.