Joined in 2016
Internationally acclaimed marimba virtuoso and Heartland Marimba Festival artistic director Matthew Coley has distinguished himself as one of the country’s most versatile percussion artists.
Performing on marimba, percussion, hammered dulcimer, and glass, he travels regularly to present concerts and master classes throughout the nation and abroad. Additionally, he served as the Percussion Faculty in the Iowa State University Department of Music and Theatre from 2009-2015 and directs the Academy and Publications divisions of HMF. After six years teaching at ISU, Matthew is once again a full-time performer, and will continue his passions of building a bigger and better Heartland Marimba Festival and bringing the marimba, dulcimer, and their composers into the spotlight through unique projects for many diverse audiences.
Matthew has performed as a soloist at five Percussive Arts Society International Conventions; at universities, institutions, and concert halls across the nation in over 30 different US states; in Canada, Switzerland, Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, Denmark, Germany, Moldova, and Sweden; and as soloist and clinician at several state Days of Percussion. Additionally, he has released three critically-acclaimed solo albums: Circularity (2010), Souvenirs (2012), and Between the Lines (2015). Matthew holds percussion performance degrees from Northwestern University (DM and MM) and the University of North Texas (BM), and has studied with Michael Burritt, Christopher Deane, Mark Ford, James Ross, Leigh Howard Stevens, and She-e Wu. He is an endorsed artist by Marimba One, Black Swamp Percussion, ProMark, Evans Drumheads, Beetle Percussion, and Sabian Cymbals, and is published by Innovative Percussion and Edition Svitzer. More information can be found at www.hearMatthewColey.com.