Attending college on a full scholarship, he was a student at the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific and the Brevard Music Center. Matt has worked in master classes with American composers Richard Danielpour, John Corigliano, and Jennifer Higdon, and as a chamber musician with the Kandinsky Trio, Parker String Quartet, and St. Lawrence String Quartet. His major teachers include Ilya Finkelstein, Lee Fiser, William Skidmore, and Regina Mushabac. He completed additional studies with Alistair MacRae, Ariel Barnes, and Brooks Whitehouse.
Matt has studied string pedagogy with Bob Gillespie, the author of the Essential Elements for Strings method books, and has worked with the elementary strings programs in Prince William County as well as serving as an adjudicator in a variety of contexts. He is currently a freelance cellist and teacher throughout Northern Virginia, DC, and Maryland.