Matthew Medlock was born and raised in Indianapolis. He began playing the double bass at age 12 and made his solo debut at age 17 with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Medlock received his B.M. degree from Boston University, and his M.M. from Rice University. Medlock is a two-year Tanglewood Music Center Fellow and has also performed with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Spoleto Italy Festival Orchestra, the Key West Symphony, the Iris Chamber Orchestra, and has been on faculty with the Eastern Music Festival
His primary teachers include Edwin Barker, principal of the Boston Symphony Orchestra; Timothy Pitts, former principal of the Houston Symphony Orchestra; Paul Ellison, Rice University professor and former principal of the Houston Symphony Orchestra; and Greg Dugan, member of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
Medlock is the bass instructor at Florida Gulf Coast University and Edison State College. In the summers he is principal bass with the Southern Illinois Music Festival. He has been a core member of the Naples Philharmonic since 2002.
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Name: Matthew Medlock
Who have been your greatest musical influences? The versatility of bassist, composer and MacArther Grant recipient Edgar Meyer; the creativity of cellist Roel Dieltiens; the energy of guitarist Jack White; the inspiration of the music of Gustav Mahler; and my two summers performing and working closely with the artists at Tanglewood.
Who are your favorite composers? The previously mentioned Gustav Mahler, Carl Nielsen, J.S. Bach, and Jim Stephenson.
What career path would you have taken had you not chosen music? I double majored in mathematics and music performance at Boston University until I hit the wall with my multivariate calculus class and realized I would much rather spend the necessary time to learn this abstract math doing something more practical.
What's currently playing on your iPod or CD player? Herbert Blomstedt conducting the San Francisco Symphony performing all the Mahler symphonies, LCD Soundsystem, the White Stripes, Gotye, Gang Starr, Arcade Fire, …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, the Eels, the Punch Brothers, the Tune-Yards, TV on the Radio, Wilco, and Seiji Ozawa conducting the Berlin Philharmonic performing all the Prokofiev symphonies.
Your hobbies and interests: I enjoy working on and riding my 1979 Yamaha SR500 Café Racer motorcycle and supporting my wife as a member of the Fort Myers roller derby team, the Palm City Punish-hers.
Some little-known, yet interesting facts about you: I like getting my hands dirty.
Funniest concert moment: When I was a student at the Tanglewood Institute one cool night Robert Spano was conducting us in Aaron Copland’s Symphony #3 in celebration of the 100th anniversary of his birth. The intensity of the performance and the temperature of the lights on stage combined to create a visible steam rising from his bald head.
The question you're asked most often about your instrument (and your answer): "Don’t you wish you played the piccolo?” I silently hand them a business card on which is printed in bold, “No, I do not wish I played the piccolo.”
Your favorite part about playing in the Naples Philharmonic: The relatively small size of the orchestra and the closeness and intensity with which we work together could potentially be a powder keg of emotion. However, the members of this orchestra have somehow found a respect and enjoyment for each other which is somehow unique among orchestras.