Matthew Stobbe comes from a musical family in Winnipeg, Manitoba. When he was a toddler, he was drawn to his uncle playing the cello, moving up beside him and putting his ear and hands directly on the instrument as it resonated. He started playing his own cello at age six and showed a natural gift for the instrument early on.
At only 18 years old, Matthew has already participated in many of the classical music settings that Winnipeg has to offer, including as principal cellist of the Winnipeg Youth Symphony Orchestra, a prize winner in the Winnipeg Music Festival, chamber festivals, and has been playing and performing chamber music with some of Winnipeg’s top professional players. He has attended summer music festivals from British Columbia to Wisconsin.
Matthew has been a student of Andrea Bell and Yuri Hooker, and is entering his second year at the University of Manitoba Bachelor of Music Performance with Minna Rose Chung. He has had lessons and played in classes with many of the world’s finest cellists and teachers, including Johannes Moser, Brandon Cho, Colin Carr, and Desmond Hoebig.
Apart from music, Matthew is an avid fisherman and has caught many of the trophy fish available in Canadian waters – from salmon, catfish, northern pike, walleye, trout, and others. He enjoys many different types of fishing, from bait casting to fly fishing, and often spends time tying his own fishing flies. In addition to fishing, Matthew enjoys numerous recreational sports.