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Matt Wong

Matt Wong

Biography

Matt Wong is a guitarist, composer, and educator working in New York City. A versatile musician, Matt is comfortable in many styles of music including R&B, Jazz, Pop, and Rock, and plays instruments such as mandolin, banjo, bouzouki, and octave mandolin, in addition to guitar. He works as a session musician and live performer, overdubbing parts for songwriters, producers, and composers worldwide from his home studio, and accompanying various artists and productions. A passionate educator, Matt has had the opportunity to give master classes/clinics at at several high schools, has contributed articles to Guitar World Magazine for their lessons section, and is currently an adjunct instructor at New York University.

Originally from Princeton Junction, NJ, Matt picked up the guitar at age six and has been playing ever since. In addition to studying classical guitar, Matt’s influences growing up included artists across a wide range of styles, such as The Beatles, Coldplay, Tommy Emmanuel, Chet Atkins, Mike Stern, Pat Metheny, Lee Ritenour, and the Brecker Brothers. Having set his sights on a career as a professional musician by age 15, Matt began studying with guitarist, and composer Bruce Arnold in New York City, and credits Arnold for laying the foundation for his playing today. Two years later, Matt auditioned for and was awarded a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music, where he studied with teachers such as Bruce Bartlett, Mick Goodrick, Joe Carrier, and Alain Mallet. Matt graduated cum laude with a B.M. in Contemporary Writing and Production in 2018.

Live performance has taken Matt across the country from the Blue Note in New York City to Catalina Jazz Club in Los Angeles. Matt has played with artists such as Grammy Award winner Earl Klugh, and Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford, and was the original Guitar 2 chair holder on the 1st National Tour of Tony Award winning, and Grammy Award nominated Broadway show Come From Away. Following 373 shows in 28 cities across the United States and Canada with Come From Away, Matt was most recently subbing in the band for multi-platinum songwriter Ross Golan’s The Wrong Man, Off-Broadway.

Professional Experience

  • Off Broadway
  • Regional
  • Concerts/Cabaret
  • Education
  • Tours

Regions

  • NYC/Tri-State Area

Interested in touring?

  • Yes

Hireable as

  • Pit Musician (Other)
  • Home Studio Whiz

My Primary Instrument

  • Guitar

My Instruments

  • Banjo
  • Guitar - acoustic
  • Guitar - electric
  • Mandolin
  • Other
  • Bouzouki

Software

  • Finale
  • Logic
  • Pro-Tools

Affiliations

  • THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS (AFM)
  • BMI

Current HS, College, or Grad Student?

  • Yes

Pronouns

  • He/Him