Doublestop Foundation’s Executive Director Matthew Way is an accomplished orchestral and chamber musician who holds two degrees from The Juilliard School and a Certificate in Business Management from New York University. Since joining the Foundation, he has administered the lending of more than 20 instruments and bows, named 12 Ambassadors, and donations of high-quality string instrument outfits to the Harlem School of the Arts, Opportunity Music Project, and the Korean American Family Services Center in New York City.
A former classical double bassist, Mr. Way’s primary instructors were Tim Cobb, Erik Harris, and the late Homer Mensch. He is formerly the principal bass of the China’s NCPA Concert Hall Opera and Orchestra in Beijing, fellow at the New World Symphony, and has been affiliated with the Naples Philharmonic, Seraphic Fire Chamber Ensemble, and the Sarasota, Springfield (MA), and West Virginia Symphony Orchestras. As a student, Mr. Way was principal bass of the Juilliard Orchestra, a founding member of the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra, and core member of the New Juilliard Ensemble. He’s attended the Breckenridge Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival, Festival de Due Monde in Italy, Kent/Blossom Music Festival, and was twice a participant in the New York String Orchestra Seminar under the direction of Jaime Laredo.
In addition to leading Doublestop Foundation, Mr. Way is the General Manager at the Luzerne Music Center in New York, a summer camp that attracts passionate musicians and aims to build artists and audiences of the future.