Dr. Matt Evans is an accomplished soloist, chamber musician, educator, and arranger who has performed and taught across the globe. Currently a saxophonist in the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” Matt is Adjunct Instructor of Saxophone at Virginia Commonwealth University.
A founding member of the Zzyzx Quartet, Project Fusion, and the Eastman Saxophone Project, Matt is a laureate of numerous national and international chamber music competitions including the Gold Medal at the 40th Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, the Grand Prize and Hugo Vianello Audience Choice Award at the 6th International Plowman Competition, 1st Prize at the 2013 MTNA Young Artist Chamber Music Competition, the Coleman-Saunderson Prize at the 66th Annual Coleman Chamber Music Competition. He has won additional prizes at the 2012 J.C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition and the 2012 North American Saxophone Alliance Saxophone Quartet Competition, and in 2015 was a winner of the Astral Artists National Auditions. In 2012, Matt was awarded the John Celantano Award for Excellence in Chamber Music from the Eastman School of Music.
A passionate teacher, Matt has taught students of all ages and skill levels in elementary, secondary, and collegiate settings. Matt previously taught saxophone at the Eastman Community Music School, where he was a mentor and ensemble director for the New Horizons International Music Association. He has taught music theory at the Eastman School of Music and Roberts Wesleyan College, and in 2012 won Eastman’s coveted Teaching Assistant Prize for Excellence in Teaching.
Matt studied saxophone with Dr. Otis Murphy and Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin. He can be heard on the Zzyzx Quartet’s two critically acclaimed albums Zzyzx Road (2010) and Intersections (2013). Matt is an Artist-Clinician for D’Addario Woodwinds and a Yamaha Performing Artist. He holds degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (M.M and B.M. in Saxophone Performance) and Eastman School of Music (D.M.A. in Saxophone Performance and Literature, M.A. in Music Theory Pedagogy.)