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Matt Glaser


Jazz and bluegrass violinist Matt Glaser served as chair of the Berklee String Department for 28 years, and is now Artistic Director of the American Roots Program at Berklee. Known as much for his versatility as his virtuosity, Glaser's vast knowledge and experience in music has fueled collaborations with a wide range of artists, from cellist Yo-Yo Ma to filmmaker Ken Burns. He has released two albums as leader of Wayfaring Strangers and has appeared on scores of other recordings. His long list of other musical collaborators includes David Grisman, Bob Dylan, and Vassar Clements.

Matt performed at Carnegie Hall with Stephane Grappelli and Yo-Yo Ma, and at the Boston Globe Jazz Festival with Gunther Schuller. He was featured on Grammy Award–winning soundtrack for The Civil War and the soundtrack for King of the Gypsies. He's performed with the New York All-Stars, Bob Dylan, Lee Konitz, David Grisman, and the International String Quartet Congress. Author of Jazz Violin and Jazz Chord Studies for Violin, he served on the board of advisors for Ken Burns's Jazz documentary and appears as a narrator on the film. Matt has taught at the Mark O'Connor Fiddle Camp, the University of Miami, ASTA conferences, and Int'l Association of Jazz Educators conferences. Matt specializes in helping string players develop improvisational skills in jazz and folk idioms.

Last but not least, the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) awarded Matt the prestigious Artist Teacher Award. He is the first and only non-classical string teacher to ever win the award, considered ASTA's highest honor. Past recipients include Joseph Szigeti, Pablo Casals, Isaac Stern, Yehudi Menuhin, Dorothy DeLay, and Ivan Galamian. 

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