is a Chicago based multi-instrumentalist and educator. He has performed in Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Serbia, and throughout the United States. Specializing in classical saxophone, Beck has played with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Lakeview Orchestra, the Skokie-Valley Symphony, and the Classical Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared in Theater productions with such renown companies as Music Theater Works, The Mercury Theater, Metropolis Performing Arts Center, Porchlight Theater, and Theater at the Center. Active in Chicago’s jazz scene, Beck performs with Heisenberg Uncertainty Players, and the Jon Rarick Nonet among other big bands. As a studio musician he can be heard on TMZ and Cartoon Network.
In April 2018 Beck received the Masters of Music degree in Saxophone Performance from Roosevelt’s Chicago College of Performing Arts and made his Chicago Symphony Center debut in November 2018 as a winner of the CCPA Concerto Competition. He was the first student to receive the Bachelors Degree in Music Performance from Elmhurst College where he was a five time winner of the Elmhurst Philharmonic Concerto Competition. Beck has played in masterclasses with Frederick Hemke and Nikita Zimin. His primary teachers include J. Michael Weiss-Holmes, Roger Birkeland, and Mark Colby on saxophone, Jennie Oh Brown on flute, and Gail Crosson on clarinet. Matthew is a member of the Chicago Federation of Musicians and the North American Saxophone Alliance.