Music Director | Conductor | Composer | Pianist
Matthew is a New York based, New Zealand born music director, composer and pianist whose music has been heard around the United States, New Zealand and the world.
Matthew's theatre credits as music director include US regional productions of Next to Normal (Tibbits Opera House), Mary Poppins, The Music Man and Little Shop of Horrors (Post Playhouse) and New Zealand productions of We Will Rock You, Sister Act, The Last Five Years, Little Women, Ragtime, The Events and Working. Other credits as deputy musical director, assistant conductor and pianist include: Les Misérables, Wicked, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago, Mary Poppins, Legally Blonde, Hairspray, Mamma Mia!, Evita, Monty Python's Spamalot, The Phantom of the Opera and Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story. Matthew also conducted The Vocal Collective on their March 2019 United States tour, including in Carnegie Hall.
Matthew holds a Bachelor of Music (Composition) and Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Canterbury, and an ATCL diploma in piano performance from Trinity College, London. He has also lectured in music theory, composition, keyboard musicianship and musical theatre at the University of Canterbury School of Music and Ara Institute of Canterbury. Matthew is an alumni of the New York University Summer Film Scoring workshop (2017).
As a composer, Matthew’s work has been performed and recorded in London, Prague, Malta, Miami and around New Zealand. Highlights include his composition Fractures, which premiered in Westminster Abbey, as well as having work performed by the NZ Trio and winning the Douglas Lilburn Trust Composition Award. Matthew has conducted choirs around New Zealand including The Vocal Collective, The Jubilate Singers, Canterbury Lawyers' Choir, St Andrew's Choirs, New Zealand Secondary Schools' Choir (conducting intern).
“Music Director Matthew Everingham leads a fine orchestra as well as the actor-singers who together bring this fantastic score to great heights.”
“An equal star of this production was the sixteen-piece, on-stage band under the inspiring direction (from the piano) of Matthew Everingham. I was distracted so often by superbly phrased solos and stunningly played full-band segments that I sometimes missed what was happening frontstage.”
“Matthew Everingham has done a perfect job as Musical Director. The band is tight, the accompaniments hit the right spot and the players sound like they love what they’re doing which is exactly what you want.”