Matthew Peters began studying cello at the age of 8 at the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City, Iowa. At 14, he began studying music theory, composition & improvisation at the University of Iowa, enjoyed success in regional competitions, toured Europe and performed on Austrian National Public Radio, and was eventually awarded the Preucil School Certificate of Excellence in Musicianship.
Peters received a Talent Grant to study at Northwestern University with Hans Jørgen Jensen, and alternated his Summers studying with Mr. Jensen at the Meadowmount School of Music and studying privately with Peter Howard (then-Principal Cellist of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra). Before receiving his degree in Cello Performance, Matthew became the youngest Producer of the Chicago Symphony radio broadcasts in their history. Under the guidance of multiple Grammy-winning Engineer Chris Willis, he worked with such artists as Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Zubin Mehta, Christoph Eschenbach, Yo-Yo Ma, Lynn Harrell, Peter Serkin, Gil Shaham, and more. A few years later, in New York, Matthew was the Midwest & West Coast booking agent for Columbia Artists Management's world-renowned soloist roster, and was the primary contact for 150 orchestras.
Matthew moved to England in late 2006 and quickly established himself as a leading cello teacher in the West Midlands. As a teacher, he created the Peters Cello Studio and was recently named Head of Strings at the Elgar School of Music. Matthew teaches all ranges from beginner to Conservatoire level. His students have a 100% pass-rate in ABRSM/Trinity exams (60% with distinction), have won local competitions and have been the recipients of scholarships to some of the most prestigious conservatoires in the UK.