"The pure emotive quality of Cochran’s music pulls you into its embrace and empties your heart with every sigh"
- No Depression
"Commanding stage presence...intimate expression"
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’s recordings have been featured on National Public Radio's "Classical Guitar Alive" and "Guitar Journeys.” He is a frequent guest on Interlochen Public Radio’s “In Studio A,” “Kids Commute” and “Great Lakes Concerts.”
Dr. Cochran’s recordings have been released on Bend Classical, Clear Note, and Soundset labels, and his work as an audio engineer has appeared on NPR, PRI, and BBC. From 2014-2015 Cochran hosted, wrote and recorded Goes2Eleven, the popular podcast about the world of the guitar. His most recent recordings include the electric guitar music of Steve Reich (released in January 2020), and an upcoming project of solo guitar music by J.S. Bach.
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. 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.