Dr. Matthew Kundler is a performer and educator based in Central Texas, serving as the Adjunct Professor of Tuba and Euphonium and Co-Director of Brass Ensembles at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. As a soloist, Matthew has been awarded prizes and recognition in the Leonard Falcone International Tuba and Euphonium Competition, the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference, the University of Alabama's Concerto Competition, Northwestern University's Concerto Competition, the Concours Prestige Internationale, the University of Texas's Concerto Competition, and the Army Band's National Collegiate Solo Competition.
Matthew has performed with the International Contemporary Ensemble, Chicago Brass Band, the BackBurner! Tuba Ensemble (the only professional tuba ensemble in the U.S.), the Austin Brass Collective, the Georgia Brass Band, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, as well as performing as a featured soloist with the Brass Band of Huntsville, Mt. Prospect Wind Ensemble, the Kealing Middle School Band, the University of Alabama Brass Ensemble, the Wheaton Municipal Band, and Northwestern University’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble. As a member of the International Tuba and Euphonium Association, Matthew performed recitals as an invited guest artist at the Midwest Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conference, the Southeast Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conference, and the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference..
An advocate for new music, Matthew has performed the premieres of solo works for euphonium by Steve Snowden, Quinn Mason, Jose Flores, Florence Maunders, Ben Justis, Derek Holden, Matthew Jackfert, Francisco del Pino, Frank Guilino, and Paul McGhee. As a member of euphonium quartet !ncite, Matthew has commissioned works for this growing genre of euphonium chamber music from composers Dan Kramer, Ian McCollum, and Doug Bristol. Matthew also serves as the group's primary arranger.
Matthew is also cofounder of the Diversity Initiative Call for Scores, an organization that promotes the works of composers of underrepresented communities. The organization's first call for scores received over 85 new works of brass chamber music from 27 countries. Alongside this organization, Matthew founded the Illinois Low Brass Institute and the Tuba and Euphonium Charity Series, two education-focused entities that provide the highest quality of music education to all.
Matthew received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama, his Master’s degree from Northwestern University, and his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. His primary teachers include Rex Martin, Demondrae Thurman, Jeremy Crawford, Martin Cochran, and Charles Villarrubia.
Matthew is a Miraphone Performing Artist and performs on a Miraphone M5050 Ambassador Euphonium.