The King of Instruments
The King of Instruments with Matthew Breen & Friends
Rising young organist Matthew Breen explores favourite baroque repertoire for the king of instruments on the Goldie Chapel’s beautiful pipe organ.
Recently appointed Assistant Director of Music at St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Matthew is a graduate of The Royal Irish Academy of Music and Trinity College Dublin, where he studied organ with David Adams, attaining First-Class Honours. During this time he was a regular prize-winner at competitions including ‘Feis Ceoil’ and the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition.
Matthew is much in demand as a solo recitalist, having given performances in cathedrals, churches and concert halls throughout the UK and Ireland. As a harpsichordist and continuo player, he has appeared in opera productions and at chamber music festivals, and has performed with the Ulster Orchestra. One of Matthew’s particular focuses is on improvised music. His piano trio ‘Five To Two’ has been praised as a rejuvenating force in Irish jazz, appearing regularly at major music festivals across the country.
From 2016-2021 Matthew was Organist and Director of Music at St Patrick’s Church, Dalkey, Co. Dublin. After that he relocated to Liverpool, where he worked as an organist and choral conductor across Merseyside, most notably as Organ Scholar at Liverpool Cathedral, studying with Ian Tracey.