Matthew obtained his Teachers Licentiate in Music for alto saxophone with distinction from the University of South Africa in 2011. He also holds a Bachelor of Music with distinction from the University of Pretoria (2009) and received a Diploma in saxophone performance from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (UK). He recently completed his Master Degree in Music Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester (UK).
In 2013 Matthew was awarded second place overall in the First UNISA South African Wind Competition where he also was awarded the saxophone category prize.
Matthew organised the first National Saxophone Symposium along with the Unisa Music Foundation, bringing local and international artists together to give workshops, clinics and master classes in three major cities in the country in April 2014.
Matthew is an endorsed artist, supported by Marshall Music South Africa, and plays exclusively on Vandoren reeds. More information can be found at www.matthewlombard.co.za.