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Matt Landry

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8/22 and 8/24

Matt Landry is the Akropolis Reed Quintet’s saxophonist and Executive Director of Akropolis’ 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. He is one of the most active classical saxophonists in the world today. He has twice appeared on the Classical Billboard Charts and is one of a handful of classical saxophonists to ever perform on the University Musical Society series. He has won 7 national chamber music prizes including the 2014 Fischoff Gold Medal. He was an adjudicator for the 2019 Chamber Music Yellow Springs National Chamber Music Competition and the 2023 NOLA Chamber Fest competition.

Matt has performed in close collaboration with Avery Fisher Career Grant recipients Jennifer Frautschi and the Dover Quartet, as well as clarinetist David Shifrin, BodyVox Dance, soprano Shara Nova, and Grammy-winning trumpeter Kris Johnson. In August 2024 he will present concerts with the Horszowski Trio.

Matt was selected by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs as a 2018/19 Rising Leader among arts and cultural organizations in Michigan. He is a former middle school band director and worked as a community engagement specialist for the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce for four years. He has taught two courses for music majors at Michigan State University on entrepreneurship and fundraising and leads dozens of arts entrepreneurship workshops each year at universities nationwide. Matt is responsible for Akropolis’ award-winning projects, including 6 commercially released albums, commissioning more than 150 composers, and receiving grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and numerous other foundations. He has given master classes at more than 50 colleges and leads Akropolis’ Mastermind career development workshop. 

Matt received his Bachelor’s degree Summa Cum Laude in Music Education and Saxophone from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Donald Sinta. He was a James B. Angell Scholar and commencement flag bearer.

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