New York based trumpeter/composer/educator Matt Holman has performed and/or recorded with such diverse jazz and creative artists as Fred Hersch, Kurt Elling, Darcy James Argue, Jon Gordon, Kate McGarry, Matt Ulery, Bob Newhart, Andrew Rathbun, Los Amigos Invisibles, and The Gregory Brothers in countries including the United States, Canada, Mexico, The Netherlands, Italy, Germany, and Australia. He has earned national and international performance awards including the International Trumpet Guild’s Jazz Improvisation Competition, the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition, the National Trumpet Competition, and Down Beat.
Taking inspiration from such diverse influences as Wayne Shorter, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Sigur Ros, Holman has composed works for Marvin Stamm, Ed Soph, David Baker, Marie Speziale, and The National Conservatory of Costa Rica and was a 2009 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s Competition winner. A former member of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, Holman was the winner of the 13th annual BMI Foundation’s Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize/Manny Albam Commission.
A dedicated and passionate educator, Matt Holman has taught at the British School of Chicago, the Manhattan School of Music, the Birch Creek Performance Center in Wisconsin, and is currently the Artistic Director of the New York Youth Symphony Jazz Band. The recipient of an Illinois Arts Council grant, he has served as a teaching artist at dozens of middle and high schools throughout the United States. Holman holds a Bachelor of Music from Indiana University and Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music where he studied composition with Phil Markowitz and Dr. Mark Stambaugh. His teachers have included Laurie Frink, Dominic Spera, George Garzone, and Pat Harbison.