Matt Wong is a guitarist, 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 sideman, recording for songwriters, producers, and composers worldwide from both his home studio, and commercial recording studios, and accompanies various artists and productions live. 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, with which he played 373 shows in 28 cities across the United States and Canada. In addition to Come From Away, Matt has played as a substitute musician in the band for multi-platinum songwriter Ross Golan’s The Wrong Man, Off-Broadway, and in the orchestra for Wicked on Broadway.
- Off Broadway
- NYC/Tri-State Area
Interested in touring?
- Pit Musician (Other)
- Home Studio Whiz
My Primary Instrument
- Guitar - acoustic
- Guitar - electric
- THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS (AFM)
Current HS, College, or Grad Student?