Matt Wong is a guitarist, and educator working in New York City. A versatile musician, Matt is comfortable in many styles of music including R&B, jazz, pop, and rock, and plays instruments such as mandolin, banjo, bouzouki, and octave mandolin, in addition to guitar. He works as a session musician and sideman, recording for songwriters, producers, and composers worldwide from both his home studio, and commercial recording studios, and accompanies various artists and productions live. A passionate educator, Matt has had the opportunity to give master classes/clinics at several high schools, has contributed articles to Guitar World Magazine for their lessons section, and is currently an adjunct instructor at New York University.
Originally from Princeton Junction, NJ, Matt picked up the guitar at age six and has been playing ever since. In addition to studying classical guitar, Matt's influences growing up included artists across a wide range of styles, such as The Beatles, Coldplay, Tommy Emmanuel, Chet Atkins, Mike Stern, Pat Metheny, Lee Ritenour, and the Brecker Brothers. Having set his sights on a career as a professional musician by age 15, Matt began studying with guitarist, and composer Bruce Arnold in New York City, and credits Arnold for laying the foundation for his playing today.
Two years later, Matt auditioned for and was awarded a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music, where he studied with teachers such as Bruce Bartlett, Mick Goodrick, and John Damian, and graduated cum laude with a B.M. in Contemporary Writing and Production. Matt has also studied with Adam Rogers and John Scofield.
Live performance has taken Matt across the country from the Blue Note in New York City to Catalina Jazz Club in Los Angeles. Matt has played with artists such as Grammy Award winner Earl Klugh, and Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford, and was the original Guitar 2 chair holder on the 1st National Tour of Tony Award winning, and Grammy Award nominated Broadway show Come From Away, with which he played 373 shows in 28 cities across the United States and Canada. In addition to Come From Away, Matt has played in the orchestras for Wicked and Paradise Square on Broadway.