Lincoln-native named RI Philharmonic Music School’s 2018-2019 Concerto & Aria Competition winner

Performs with RI Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra, Feb. 10 

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School named clarinetist Matthew Ricard of Lincoln, winner of the Rhode Island Philharmonic 2018-19 Concerto & Aria Competition. He will perform the third movement of Weber’s Second Clarinet Concerto in E-flat Major with the R.I. Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra at 1 p.m. on Sunday (Feb. 10) at Rhode Island College, Roberts Hall, Providence.

  “For six years, I have wanted to compete in the Music School’s Concerto & Aria Competition, and a year ago I started preparing full force. When I got the call that I had won the competition, my mouth dropped. All that I have worked for is coming together and happening. Winning was one of the best feelings I ever had.”

Matthew Ricard
2019 Winner Concerto & Aria Competition

About Matthew Ricard, clarinet

Currently in his senior year at Lincoln High School,  Ricard was born and raised in Lincoln. At age 9, he started taking lessons on the clarinet from his grandfather, an Air Force veteran and member of U.S. Air Force Band in the late 1950s. Two years later he enrolled in the R.I. Philharmonic Music School. After his first lesson with the Music School’s Repertory Orchestra leader Vincent Mattera, he was invited to audition for one of the ensembles. He is a member of the top-level Youth Symphony Orchestra as well as his high school’s concert and jazz bands. Currently, Ricard studies with Ian Greitzer, principal clarinet for the R.I. Philharmonic Orchestra. Other instruments he plays include the bass clarinet and alto saxophone. In his free time, he repairs instruments. He is a certified scuba driver and enjoys longboarding.


Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestras Concert
1 p.m., Sun., Feb. 10, 2019
Roberts Hall, Rhode Island College

 Buy Tickets

Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for students, 18 and under, and senior citizens. Tickets are available through the RIC box office or 401-456-8144.  

For more information on the Music School’s Youth Ensembles, groups and Concerto & Aria Competition, call 401.248.7038 or email Youth Ensembles Manager Chelsea Anderson for information on more Philharmonic Music School activities and performances.