Praised for “his ability to remain musical, poetic, and profound while navigating the challenges of contemporary music,” saxophonist Matt Ennis’ vibrant career encompasses solo recital and chamber music performances, blending programs of avant-garde contemporary saxophone works with re-interpreted baroque and classical transcriptions. In addition to his highlighted 2012-13 recital tour with performances in Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, New York, and Barcelona, Matt has worked and recorded with distinguished composers and conductors including Alan Silvestri, John Williams, John Corigliano, Thomas Ades, and many more. In his home town of Los Angeles, Matt stays busy working with top orchestras, playing studio recording sessions, and appearing on popular television shows like The Voice.
Matt completed his Doctor of Music Arts degree in Saxophone Performance at the University of Southern California, where he studied with renowned saxophonist James Rotter. It was during this time that he was a finalist and prize winner in numerous international solo competitions including the Hennings-Fischer Young Artists Competition in Burbank, California and the Serge & Olga Koussevitsky Young Artists Awards in New York, New York. Matt currently serves on the music faculty at Marymount College in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, and at Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles, California, and he makes frequent appearances as an adjudicator, educator and mentor for young and aspiring saxophonists.