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Dr Matthew Styles


Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 9370 6065, Mobile: 041 626 0012, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML1.119
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  9370 6065  
Mobile: 041 626 0012  
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML1.119  



Dr. Matt Styles has built a local and international career as a classical, jazz and ‘cross-over’ saxophonist, performing and teaching in the UK, Europe, Asia and Australia. With 20 years teaching at primary, secondary and tertiary levels, Matt specializes in the interpretation, pedagogy and performance of classical, jazz and multi-genre or ‘cross-over’ instrumental works. The Western Australian Symphony, Singapore Symphony and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra’s also utilize Matthew as their principal saxophonist.

This Selmer (Paris) and Vandoren Artist has appeared with such artists as Ben Folds, Diana Ross, Dave Weckl, Ben Lee, Paul Grabowsky, Kate Cebrano, Olivia Newton-John and The Manhattan Transfer and performed in 2001 Hong Kong Frigne Festival, the 2006 Villa Cellimontana International Jazz Festival in Rome and at the Nine Gates Beijing International Jazz festival as part of the Glyn Mac Donald Group (GMG) in 2011. He is also a guest soloist, (along with Dale Barlow) on Don Gomez’s In the Moonlight and appears on numerous other jazz, classical and cross-genre albums.

He has performed also performed with international saxophonists Jean-Pierre Baraglioli, Otis Murphy and Andy Scott and was a featured artist at the 2002 Australasian Clarinet and Saxophone Conference in Sydney the 2005 Melbourne International Festival of Single Reeds, the World Saxophone Congress (2009, 2012) and the Royal Northern College of Music Sax Day (2013).

In 2004 Matthew returned from a Churchill Fellowship where he spent 3 months focusing on jazz and classical pedagogical and performance studies in New York, as ‘Visiting Scholar’ at Indiana University Bloomington, working with Otis Murphy and Tom Walsh, and with Dr. Eugene Rousseau at the University of Minnesota.

He has been awarded an Early Career Research Grant, enabling him to identify, arrange, interpret and record Australia cross-genre works for the saxophone in 2014

Staff Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Music (Hons), The University of Western Australia .
  • Doctor of Musical Arts, The University of Western Australia, 2008 .


Recent Research Grants

  • Saxology: recasting third stream music for the saxophone ,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2014,  2014 - 2015,  $23,560.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Conference Publications

  • Styles, M., (2012), Muscular Dysfunction, The saxophone Embouchure: being all things to all music. Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare: Holistic Healthcare for Performing Artists, 15, University of Sydney.
  • Styles, M., (2012), Muscular Dysfunction and The Saxophone Embouchure. World Saxophone Congress, 19, University of St. Andrews, Scotland.
  • Styles, M., (2011), What?s in a Name? Is the term `Third Stream Music? truly representative of the music it is supposed to describe? Would the term `Jazzical? be just as appropriate?. Power of Music: Joint MSA / ICME Conference, 2011, 1-12, The University of Western Australia.

Creative Works

  • Styles, M., (2013), Multi-genre composition: Jinga. Jinga, Royal Northern College ofmusic Concert Hall, Manchester.
  • Styles, M., (2013), Jinga. Royal Northern College of music, Sax Day, Royal Northern College of Music Concert Hall, Manchester.
  • Styles, M., (2013), Mix't at Carey Baptist College. Mix't at carey Baptist College, Carey Baptist College Audoitirum, Harrisdale.
  • Styles, M., (2013), GMG@ The Ellington. GMG@ the Ellington, Ellington Jazz Club.
  • Styles, M., (2013), Mix't Trio. Mix't Trio, WAAPA Music Auditorium.
  • Styles, M., (2013), The Wooden Prince. Bela bartok Suite from the Wooden Prince Opus 13, Perth Concert Hall.
  • Styles, M., (2013), Chamber Jam. Chamber Jam: Mix't Trio, Ellington Jazz Club.
  • Styles, M., (2013), Australasian Saxphone and Clarinet Conference Lecture Recital. Saxophone fitness lecture recital, Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Styles, M., (2013), FSO @ Ellington. FSO @ The Ellington, Ellingont Jazz Club.
  • Styles, M., (2013), Royal Northern College of music Sax day lecture recital. Sax Day Lecture Recital, RNCM Studio Theatre, Manchester.
  • Styles, M., (2013), FSO at the Ellington II. FSO at the Ellington II, Ellington Jazz Club.
  • Styles, M., (2013), Intergation. Mix't Trio: Integration, St Geogres Hall, St George's College, Perth.
  • Styles, M., (2012), Horizons - Turnage. Latitude - Western Australian Symphony Orchestra Inaugural New Music Festival, Astor Theatre, Mt. lawley.
  • Styles, M., (2012), Saxophone Showcase - Director. Classical Tuesdays, Music Auditorium, WAAPA.
  • Styles, M., Tarr, C., Abby, N., Macdonald, G., (2012), Glyn MacDonald Quartet. 2012 JAZZWA Showcase , The Bakery, Northbridge.
  • Styles, M., Pinto, A., (2012), Walk in my shoes lunchtime concert. Mix't Duo, Octagon Theatre, UWA.
  • Styles, M., (2012), Bernstein's Prelude Fugue and Riffs. Little Red Riding Hood, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Styles, M., (2012), Carmichael, Travers and Debussy - Saxophone. Beat, The Basilica of St Patrick, Fremantle.
  • Styles, M., (2012), Australian Ballet's Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet, Burswood Theatre, Perth.
  • Styles, M., (2012), Boundaries - Turnage. Latitude - Western Australian Symphony Orchestra Inaugural New Music Festival, Astor Theatre, Mt Lawley.
  • Styles, M., Pinto, A., (2012), Catalina, Nocturnal - Mixt. World Saxophone Congress XVI, Byre Theatre, St. Andrew's, Scotland.
  • Styles, M., Perissinotto, D., (2012), Churchill Fellowship Recital - Platti & Paulsson. Churchill Fellowship Recital, St John's Anglican Church, Fremantle.
  • Styles, M., (2011), Belshazzar's Feast. WASO: A Night at the Proms Gala, Perth Concert Hall.
  • Styles, M., Minchin, T., (2011), Tim Minchin vs WASO. Tim Minchin vs WASO, Kings Park.
  • Styles, M., Rogers, K., (2011), WASO: Kenny Rogers. Kenny Rogers, Lake Karrinyup Country Club.
  • Styles, M., (2011), Bravo Broadway. Bravo Broadway, Dewan Filharminik, Malaysia.
  • Wickham, D., Styles, M., (2011), Recital with Dr Matthew Styles., Music Auditorium, WAAPA.
  • Styles, M., Moore, P., (2011), Kick. Kick, Music Auditorium, WAAPA.
  • Styles, M., Pinto, A., (2011), Nocturnal. CASSWA Christmas Soiree 2011, Callaway Auditorium, University of Western Australia.
  • Styles, M., Macdonald, G., Perkins, M., Abbey, N., (2011), Beijing Ninegates International Jazz Festival. Beijing Ninegates International Jazz Festival, National Library Concert Hall, Beijing.
  • Styles, M., (2011), Pictures at an Exhibition. WASO Classics Series: Pictures at an Exhibition, Perth Concert Hall.
  • Styles, M., (2010), WASO: Ravel's Bolero - Saxophone. Plan B Wealth Management Classics Series, Perth Concert Hall.
  • Styles, M., (2010), Romeo and Juliet Suite No 2 - Saxophone. Morning Symphony Series, Perth Concert Hall.
  • Styles, M., (2010), Malaysian Symphony Orchestra: Porgy and Bess, Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris - Saxophone. Bobby in Blue, Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, KL, Malaysia.
  • Styles, M., Pinto, A., (2010), Reeding the Room - Director. Reeding the room, Music Auditoirum WAAPA, ECU.
  • Styles, M., Glover, L., Everall, P., Kircher, J., Miller, A., (2010), Selections from the Arts of Fugue. 10th Anniversary Season Pipe Organ Plus Concert: 2 - Concerto, St Patrick's Basilica, Fremantle.
  • Styles, M., Pinto, A., (2010), Crazy Logic. Chamber Jam, Ellington Jazz Club.
  • Styles, M., Hoy, M., Tanner, P., Coughlin, M., Moncrieff, C., (2010), A tree, A Cloud: Robinson. Soft Soft Loud 2011: fused, Fremantle Arts Centre.
  • Styles, M., Hoy, M., Tanner, P., Coughlin, M., Moncrieff, C., (2010), Fused with Victoria Newton. Music on the Terrace-Fused, Government House Ballroom, Perth.
  • Styles, M., Hoy, M., Tanner, P., Coughlin, M., Moncrieff, C., (2010), Suite: Johannes Luebbers. Soft Soft Loud: fused, Fremantle Arts Centre.
  • Styles, M., (2010), WASO: Best of the West End - Saxophone. Best of the West End, Perth Concert Hall.
  • Styles, M., Hoy, M., Tanner, P., Coughlin, M., Moncrieff, C., (2010), Cheynes: Grandage. Soft Soft Loud 2011:fused, Fremantle Arts Centre.
  • Styles, M., (2009), Rhapsody in Blue and Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. Rhapsody in Blue, Perth Concert Hall.
  • Styles, M., (2013), Rite of Passage. Rite of Passage, WAAPA Music Auditorium.
  • Styles, M., (2013), O Fortuna. O Fortuna, WAAPA Music Auditorium.
  • Styles, M., (2013), Royal Northern College of Music "Sax Day" Massed Saxophone Orchestra. Royal Northern College of music, Sax Day, Royal Northern College ofmusic Concert Hall, Manchester.
  • Styles, M., (2012), Assembled - Music Director. Assembled, Music Auditorium, WAAPA.
  • Styles, M., Eastman, R., Eastman, M., (2011), Radioactive 2011. Radioactive 2011, Subiaco Arts Centre.
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