Violinist, chamber musician, and entrepreneur Matthew J. Detrick is an emerging leader in the professional arts world. He is co-founder, executive and artistic director of Apollo Chamber Players (Apollo), an internationally-acclaimed chamber music ensemble on the cutting edge of creative, programmatic performance and the commissioning of multicultural new music. With Apollo, Mr. Detrick can be heard on Parma Recordings’ Navona Records label and on American Public Media’s nationally-syndicated program, Performance Today.
Under Mr. Detrick’s leadership, Apollo has grown to serve thousands in the Houston area and millions around the world through international broadcasts. He is frequent guest speaker and clinician for alumni lectures, Career Days, and music entrepreneurship series at Rice University, Brazosport College, and the Houston Symphony’s Ima Hogg Competition. He has also served as a grant evaluator for the Texas Commission on the Arts. Through his business Detrick Arts, he contracts ensembles of all sizes for corporate events and charitable functions.
Mr. Detrick was appointed concertmaster of the Symphony of Southeast Texas (Beaumont, TX) in 2012 and has since been featured soloist performing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, Vivaldi’s and Piazzolla’s Four Seasons, and the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. He has also served as guest concertmaster of the Lubbock and Alexandria (LA) Symphonies. In Houston, he performs often with the Houston Grand Opera and Ballet orchestras and with the period ensemble Mercury.
A graduate of Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, his principal teachers include Kenneth Goldsmith, Collette Wichert and the late Raphael Fliegel, former concertmaster of the Houston Symphony.
Mr. Detrick performs on a 1760 Giuseppe Testore violin and a 1886 Josephy Alfred Lamy bow.