Guitarist Matthew Cochran performs new music, early music, popular music and unpopular music. He has been praised for his “commanding stage presence” by Soundboard magazine, and "strong, nuanced, textured performance and beautiful sound” by Classical Guitar Magazine. An in-demand soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, Cochran has appeared on concert series, festivals and with orchestras throughout the US, Europe and Canada, including Weill Hall, the Guitar Foundation of America, the New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes, the Troubadour Series, Mostly Music Chicago, Iserlohn Guitar Symposium (Germany), Silesian Guitar Autumn (Poland), Acadia Guitar Festival (Canada), and many others.
Cochran is frequently featured on National Public Radio broadcasts including Classical Guitar Alive and Guitar Journeys, as well as the online magazine This is Classical Guitar. He is a frequent guest on Interlochen Public Radio’s In Studio A, Kids Commute and Great Lakes Concerts. Dr. Cochran’s work as an audio engineer has appeared on numerous classical and popular music recordings, plus nationally syndicated programming on NPR, PRI, and BBC. From 2014-2015 Cochran hosted, wrote and recorded Goes2Eleven, the popular podcast about the world of the guitar.
Matthew Cochran is passionate about developing the guitar’s repertoire with new original compositions and arrangements, and by collaborating with exciting new compositional voices. Cochran is an active proponent of art music for electric guitar, and has recorded electric guitar music by Steve Reich, Max Richter, Jacob TV (Jacob ter Veldhuis). Cochran is currently preparing a collection of his original compositions and a set transcriptions of masterpieces by Bach, Handel, and Pachelbel.
Matthew Cochran is the Guitar Instructor at Interlochen Center for the Arts, where he teaches talented high school students at the Interlochen Arts Academy and directs the Interlochen Classical Guitar Institute. During the Covid-19 crisis, Cochran designed and implemented the Interlochen Online Classical Guitar Camp. Cochran is an in-demand guest lecturer, ensemble coach and conductor, and has taught masterclasses at guitar festivals, performing arts high schools and colleges throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.
He holds a Doctorate in Guitar Performance from Florida State University, and MM and BM degrees in Guitar Performance from the Eastman School of Music. His primary teachers were Bruce Holzman and Nicholas Goluses.