Matt Young is a member of the San Francisco Symphony viola section and is a faculty member at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His students have recently won jobs in the Pittsburgh and Dallas symphonies. Formerly a member of the Minnesota Orchestra and a recipient of a McKnight Artist Fellowship for Performing Musicians, he continues to have close ties with Minnesota.
Matt was a founding member of the Verklärte Quartet, which won the grand prize of the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. He has performed with the Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Vancouver Symphony.
He has taught at The National Orchestral Institute, SFCM, The SF Academy Orchestra, as a mentor for the SFS’s Community of Music Makers program, and in guest masterclasses around the world. A founding member of Ensemble SF, he works towards building bridges with music across the SF Bay area, in partnership with many partner non profit organizations.
Matt attended the University of Kentucky and the Yale School of Music, as well as the Cleveland Institute of Music. At CIM his teacher was Robert Vernon and Matt was a featured soloist in Severance Hall with the CIM Orchestra and received the Robert Vernon Prize for Viola Performance.