Matt Sullivan has performed extensively on four continents and is recognized internationally as a virtuoso performer and master teacher, as well as an important advocate for the modern oboe. The New York Times has praised his "gorgeously lyrical playing" and the New Yorker has called his inventive programming the "cutting edge". As composer, his innovative works created for oboe, English horn and digital horn, along with his solo and chamber music performances and compact discs, have been featured locally on WNYC. WQXR and WBAI, and nationally on National Public Radio and Voice of America.
Matt Sullivan began his professional career at the age of 17 with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and served at principal oboist with the Miami Philharmonic at the ageof 21. Soon after coming to NYC in 1978, he joined Musicians Accord, the Richardson Chamber Players (Princeton University), Queens Symphony Orchestra, First Avenue, and Quintet of the Americas. Sullivan’s solo performances include concerts ranging from Cindy Lauper at Carnegie Hall to films including Miller’s Crossing. Concert venues include Carnegie Hall, The Library of Congress, the Palladium, Roulette, The Kitchen, CBGBs and numerous other uptown and downtown locations.
He has served on the faculties of Long Island University C. W. Post, the Manhattan School of Music Prep Division and Rutgers University. Currently, Sullivan is a Symphony Space All Star, a member of Quintet of the Americas (40th season) and has served as a member of the faculty of both the Long Island Post Chamber Music Festival and the Chamber Music Northeast Composer’s Conference at Bennington College, Vermont.
Matt Sullivan serves as Director Double Woodwind Studies at New York University Steinhardt School’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions and he teaches at Princeton University where he has served as a Visiting Associate Professor. Matt Sullivan is a Performing Artist for Boosey & Hawkes Musical Instruments and plays exclusively on Buffet Oboes.