Matt Amy is an arranger, composer, orchestrator, trombonist and musical director based in Melbourne, Australia. Matt has worked in nearly every medium writing arrangements for artists such as Ronan Keating, Melanie C, David Hobson, Vanessa Amerosi, Scared Weird Little Guys, Marina Prior, Anthony Callea, Guy Sebastian, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. and orchestras such as Auckland Philharmonia, Istanbul Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Sydney Symphony and the Australian Philharmonic Orchestra.
Matt began writing professionally at the age of 17, which sparked his interest to complete a Bachelor of Music (composition major) at the Victorian College of the Arts where he studied under Mark Pollard, Johanna Selleck, George Papanicolaou and Daryl McKenzie. While at university Matt was actively working as an arranger, which saw him working closely with mentors Jordan Murray and Lachlan Davidson and legendary producer Chong Lim, writing arrangements for most T.V shows that still used a live band including Dancing with the Stars, Australia’s Got Talent, Australian Idol, It Takes Two and The Singing Bee.
Matt quickly established himself as a versatile arranger/transcriber that saw him working for artists from the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Big Bands throughout Europe, U.S.A, Australia, and Asia and orchestras within Australia, Turkey and New Zealand. He held the role of Head of Arranging for the Victorian State Schools Spectacular (2012 – 2014) where he oversaw the arranging and printing process for an 80-piece orchestra, 25 principle cast members and a 2,000 strong massed choir for a professionally staged arena production.
Recent projects include musical director for the Kew Community Festival (2015 – 2017), contribution of arrangements to Melinda Schneider’s album “Melinda Does Doris… Again”, and musical director for the Great Australian Gala Ball where Matt has been working alongside the likes of Kate Cebrano, Mike Brady, The Chantoozies, Normie Rowe, Jon Stevens, Frankie J Holden, Wilbur Wilde, Jon Schumann, Bobby Valentine, Ross Wilson, Brian Cadd, Angry Anderson, Wendy Matthews to help raise funds for “Growing Hope”, an initiative of the Jesuit Social Services helping people in need.
Matt Amy’s Really Big Band was formed in 2004 and held a 4 1/2 year residency at Manchester Lane playing Matt’s original compositions and arrangements before the band was disbanded and Manchester Lane closed. While there were no recordings made of the Really Big Band in the early days, a reincarnated version has been formed with plans to record an album and for Matt to pursue his passion of running and writing for this 17 piece monster, click here to find out more.