One of Canada’s leading liturgical musicians for many years, Matthew Larkin has served as director/associate director of music at a number of significant Canadian parishes, including St. John’s Church, Victoria, St. Matthew’s Church, Ottawa, St. James Cathedral, Toronto, Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa, and St. Thomas’s Church, Toronto. He attended the University of Toronto (as Organ Scholar of Trinity College), and the Royal College of Music (UK), with studies in organ performance, choral direction, conducting, and composition, and received his early musical training as a chorister at St. George’s Cathedral, Kingston.
A Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, Matthew is known worldwide as a recitalist, accompanist, and recording artist, and he has a lively interest in many subjects. An enthusiastic educator, he has been the recipient of several honours for his work with younger musicians, including a doctorate is sacred theology (honoris causa) from Thorneloe University at Laurentian, and the HM Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Matthew is currently the Artistic Director of Caelis Academy Ensemble (which he founded in 2016), and Custodian of Music at St. Andrew’s Church. He maintains a full calendar of engagements, and divides his time between Ottawa and Toronto. Matthew is represented by Domoney Artists, and is thrilled to be part of the team at New Opera Lyra.