Matthew Levy has been hailed by The Saxophone Journal as “a complete virtuoso of the tenor saxophone” and by The New York Times for his “energetic and enlivening” performances.
A recipient of composition fellowships from the Independence Foundation and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, he has scored four motion pictures, including PBS’s Diary of a City Priest, featured at the Sundance Film Festival.
His music is highlighted on four PRISM recordings on Koch and innova, including People’s Emergency Center(Best Jazz of 2014, PopMatters); he has also recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Tzadik, and Grammavision; collaborated with a host of choreographers/dance companies, among them Peter Sparling and Scrap; and appeared as a guest artist with the Detroit Symphony, Dolce Suono Ensemble, and counter) induction.
He holds three degrees from the University of Michigan, where he was a recipient of the Lawrence Teal Award, and has served on the faculties of the Universities of Michigan, Redlands, and Toledo.
He is Executive Director of the PRISM Quartet and teaches saxophone at Temple University. From 2000-2011, he served as Director of the Philadelphia Music Project at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.