Matthew Shipp

Matthew Shipp lives in Philadelphia and works as a freelance oboist in Philadelphia and New York City. Mr. Shipp has performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Princeton Symphony, Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra, and Symphony in C.

As a guest musician, Mr. Shipp has performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra both domestically and internationally in Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea. Recent engagements include performances at Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall, NHK Hall, Seoul Arts Center, and the National Performing Arts Center of Taiwan. He has been fortunate enough to collaborate with highly esteemed conductors such as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Kensho Watanabe, Cristian Macelaru, Andreas Delfs, Michelle Merrill, Carl St. Clair, and Rossen Milanov.

As a chamber musician, Matthew performed the Beethoven Wind Octet Op. 103 with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra as a co-presenter at the CBDNA 2020 Conference. Additionally, he was a featured soloist in Mozart’s aria “Deh vieni, non tardar” with the Temple Chamber Winds at the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) International Conference in San Jose.

Mr. Shipp is a graduate of Temple University, where he received the Master of Music degree and studied with Peter Smith, Associate Principal Oboe of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Matthew is a native of Iowa, and prior to moving to Philadelphia, he studied with renowned pedagogue Andrew Parker at the University of Iowa. He has spent summers participating in music festivals such as the Round Top Festival Institute and the New York Symphonic Ensemble’s Tour of Japan.

Kind Words

Friday evening’s performance…by the members of the Fairmount String Quartet was splendid…the playing was expert to the point of perfection.

Michael Caruso, Chestnut Hill Local

From more classical music to fun contemporary songs, Fairmount Strings knocked it out of the park.

Alison F., bride

We are so grateful that Fairmount Strings made our wedding day vision come to life. 

Jocelyn G., bride

The quartet was magnificent and so very professional. One guest said the setting and the quartet made the ceremony storybook!

Joanne F., Bride

Last night the audience told you so well what I am trying to put into words now. Thank you for an unbelievably beautiful concert!

Alice Nugent, Candlelight Concerts at Laurel Hill

The beautiful sound of your music will stay with me always. It was simply stunning and made our day feel like a fairy tale.

Julie & Tom B., Bride and Groom

Adding to their laurels — professionalism, intuition and timeliness, we look forward to many future musical endeavors with the Fairmount Chamber Ensemble.

Kevin O’Malia, Director of Music, First United Methodist Church of Germantown

I made a point of standing off to the side in the back of the church to listen. It was….well….perfection.

Chris C., Mother of the Bride

It is such a privilege to work with musicians of their caliber who are so genuinely committed to supporting the growth and development of our students.

Stephen Kushner, Director of Choral Music, Germantown Friends School

From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for your beautiful performance, which helped to make the vision and dream I had for my daughter’s wedding day come true.

Jeanne B., Mother of the Bride

They are wonderful musicians, easy to work with, and deliver performances of consistently high quality.

Clair Rozier, Director of Music, St. David’s Episcopal Church

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