Matthew Harding, was born in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. He earned his Bachelor’s of Music and Performers Certificate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and completed one year of master’s studies at Rice University in Houston, TX. His primary teachers have included John Martin, Charles Geyer, and Armando Ghitalla.
In 1998 Matthew earned a position with "The President's Own' United States Marine Band and was appointed the band's solo cornetist in January 2000. Since arriving in the DC area, Matthew has been an active performer with groups to include the Washington Symphonic Brass, Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra, the National Symphony, and the Harrisburg Symphony.
An avid soloist, Matthew has performed throughout the United States. He has been regularly featured as a soloist with "The President's Own" United States Marine Band to include three national concert tours. In 2010 he was invited to join Elvis Costello performing "Penny Lane" in the East Room of the White House for the PBS broadcast of the The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song honoring Sir Paul McCartney. That same year Matthew was hailed by the New York Times as "a superb trumpeter" for his performance of Karlheinz Stockhausen's "Oberlippentanz" at the Guggenheim's Works & Process series.