Matthias Maute has achieved international renown as one of the finest recorder and baroque flute players of his generation, and as a composer and director. His first prize win in the soloist category at the prestigious Early Music Competition in Bruges, Belgium in 1990 set the course for a diverse and distinguished career spanning over two decades. In 2003 and 2005, he débuted at the Boston Early Music Festival with REBEL in 2003 and in 2005 returned as the festival’s featured recorder soloist with the BEMF orchestra, performances that both garnered enthusiastic critical acclaim. In December 2008 Mr. Maute made his Lincoln Center début at the Rose Theater in New York City as a featured guest with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In addition to being a member of REBEL, Mr. Maute is esteemed for his artistic direction of Ensemble Caprice, for whom he creates and produces award-winning, innovative programs, and with the ensemble he regularly appears at major festivals worldwide. In Canada he has performed at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Festival international du Domaine Forget and Elora Festival, amongst others.
In recent years Mr. Maute has dedicated a large portion of his time to choral and orchestral direction, focussing more and more on large scale projects, with works such as Bach’s B Minor Mass, G. F. Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks and J. D. Zelenka’s Miserere. Under his direction Ensemble Caprice was awarded the prestigious 2009 JUNO Award for Best Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral performance for its CD Gloria! Vivaldi’s Angels on the Analekta label.
Matthias Maute’s compositions hold an important place in the world of contemporary recorder literature and are published by Breitkopf & Härtel, Amadeus, Moeck and Carus. Mr. Maute has made some twenty recordings on the Analekta, Vanguard Classics, Bella Musica, Dorian, Bridge and Atma Classique labels. Currently he is a professor at McGill University and at Université de Montréal.