Matthew Beaumont is a freelance percussionist in the New York City area. He performs regularly with the American Symphony Orchestra, Stamford Symphony Orchestra and the Houston Symphony Orchestra. He has also appeared with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra San Diego Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Key West Symphony Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Gotham Wind Symphony, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. In 2010 Matthew was the percussionist for the U.S. tour of The Opera Show. In addition, he served as principal timpanist of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in Virginia for their 2002-2003 season.
Matthew completed his undergraduate studies at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore under the tutelage of Jonathan Haas and Robert Van Sice. He continued his education at Temple University, where he studied with former Associate Principal Percussionist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Alan Abel. Matthew received his Masters of Music degree from Temple in 2002.
As an educator, Matthew works extensively in schools along the east coast. He coaches the percussion students at the Bard Conservatory of Music, and completed a tour of China with them in the summer of 2012. He has also worked with the Greater Newark Youth Orchestra and students of the LaGuardia Arts High School. Starting in 2012 Matthew began teaching a basic musicianship class focusing on rhythm at the Bard Summer Music Camp. He has demonstrated percussion techniques and performance practices for children in Virginia with the Richmond Symphony Percussion Duo, in Delaware with the Delaware Percussion Trio, in Maryland with flutist Ellen Dooley, and in NY for students of the Bard High School/Early College. He participated in the "Carter Cartel" at the PASIC International Convention in Columbus, OH in 2003, where he and fellow timpanists Jonathan Haas, William Moersch, Tim Adams, Frederique Marcarez and Kevin Dufford performed all eight of Elliot Carter's 8 Pieces for Timpani.
Matthew can be heard on the Albany Records recording entitled The Music of Harold Farberman, vol. 3. In 2010 he appeared as principal percussionist with the Delaware Symphony and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet on their Latin Grammy nominated album, Interchange. He has also recorded with the American Symphony Orchestra and Charleston Symphony Orchestra. In January of 2007, he appeared as a "dance studio rehearsal drummer" on Law and Order: Criminal Intent.
Matthew spends his summers as the personnel manager of the Bard Conductors Institute Orchestra in Annadale-on-Hudson, NY at Bard College, where he also serves as that orchestra's principal timpanist. In 2012 he was hired as the contractor for instrumental ensembles at Hunter College in New York City
He currently resides outside Manhattan, where he owns and manages Beaumont Web Development.