Oboist and Photographer Matt Dine is Co-principal oboist of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Principal oboist of American Ballet Theatre. He began playing the oboe at 15 after seeing a picture of the instrument in the Webster’s Dictionary. He entered the Eastman School of Music at 18, and graduated with the coveted Performer’s Certificate. Further studies at Juilliard led to a 30-year career that continues today in full force.
Alongside touring with Orpheus, he has made over 34 recordings With this legendary Chamber Orchestra alone. He has held principal chairs with the San Francisco Ballet, The American Symphony, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and The Santa Fe Opera, and has participated at the Marlboro, Mostly Mozart, Colorado College and Aspen Music Festivals.
His Broadway credits include original orchestra member of Jekyll&Hyde, Oklahoma!, Fiddler on the Roof, South Pacific, A Tale of Two Cities, and Stephen Sondheim's PASSION.
His professional photography career began in 2010 when a neck injury constricted his performing schedule. He spent an entire year unable to play, and was advised to "get a hobby". So he did. Today, that hobby is also a career, and his intimate knowledge of the music world has enabled him to shoot from a unique perspective - as a result, much of his work is shot while performing.
New York-based Dine leads a varied and busy performing life while also serving as freelance culture photographer for The New York Times and remaining in high demand for his portraiture and arts publicity work. He can be found behind the scenes at many of New York City’s high-profile concerts and events. Adept at covering intimate gatherings, he also has a particular interest in family events & portraiture photography.
His first exhibition in 2010, "Fifty-One Faces", was followed shortly by the 2011 release of his first documentary film DELMAR, an intimate look inside the world of oboist and adventurer Delmar Williams, who has Asperger's Syndrome. DELMAR was screened at the 2012 Charlotte Film Festival. It can be viewed at: https://vimeo.com/35395411
His latest film, ALBI’S OBOE, follows the birth and re-birth of the new Model AM155 oboe designed by celebrated oboist Albrecht Mayer-it made it’s debut screening at the 2014 IDRS Conference in New York City. It can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15B7EXqPqeA
"Matt is a pretty good oboe player for a photographer....."