Matthew Linaman has performed both as a solo cellist and as part of Cello Street Quartet, an ensemble he co-founded, in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls across the United States and Europe. Now focused on empowering young students through music, Linaman specializes in teaching budding cellists the foundations of technique and musical expression while cultivating curiosity and the drive to make an impact in the world.
While a student of Jean-Michel Fonteneau at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM), Linaman was the winner of the SFCM Concerto Competition, the Oakland Symphony Young Artist Competition and the Reno Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition. In his third year, Linaman co-founded the Cello Street Quartet. Over their five years together, they gave over a hundred and fifty free public performances, including extensive musical and educational outreach. In 2014, the Cello Street Quartet was honored to serve as musical ambassadors to Hungary, Kosovo and Russia through the US State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Linaman is currently a Pre-College faculty member at SFCM, coaching chamber music and teaching privately in his own studio. In 2017, he was a featured speaker on the TEDx stage at Herbst theater in San Francisco, has been featured on podcasts, and has presented as a guest speaker at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music to speak on entrepreneurship in music. Linaman looks forward to working with Maestro Michael Morgan in February of 2019 performing the Schumann Cello Concerto with the Reno Chamber Orchestra in his hometown of Reno, Nevada. To find out when Linaman is performing next or to learn more about his teaching studio, follow him on Twitter at @thefearlesscellist and visit his website www.mjlcello.com