Kevin Matson

Violinist Kevin Matson received his Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he studied under Mark Kaplan. He then returned to his native California to study with Ian Swensen, earning his Master's Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. 

Immediately following his Masters, Kevin was offered a position in the Monterey Symphony, and has enjoyed exciting opportunities as a chamber musician. As a soloist, he has worked with the Livermore-Amador Symphony Orchestra, the Merced Symphony, the Stockton Symphony and the Redwood Symphony orchestras, who he will be joining again as a soloist in their upcoming 2019/20 season.

He developed a passion for teaching during his time in Indiana, where he studied violin pedagogy with Brenda Brenner, and Emilio Colon. Kevin went on to receive his Suzuki method certification and has held studios at both the German International School of Silicon Valley and Opus 1 Music Studio, both in the Bay area.


"Kevin is a wonderful teacher.  Chloe learned more in the past few months with Kevin that in an entire year (or more) with another teacher.  He is very patient."
- Mom of Chloe, 8

"We feel very fortunate to have finally found Kevin and Elizabeth.  Kevin is excellent and our son responds really well to his calm and encouraging tone."
- Father of Jacob, 14

“Kevin has been a very special violin teacher for my son this year. Kevin is a wonderful teacher and he is kind and supportive. He was a perfect match for John this year. He was able to keep John motivated and engaged through these transition months and worked really well with John. He was thoughtful and careful with his instructions and his expectations and seem to take a real interest in my son.”
- Kendra, mom of John, 10