Concert saxophonist and pedagogue Matthew Younglove, a South Carolina native, has performed concerts and recitals across the United States, France, and the UK. He currently serves on the faculty of Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, and is pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Contemporary Music at Bowling Green State University, in Bowling Green, OH, where he served as the saxophone teaching assistant for Dr. John Sampen. Additionally, he has served on the faculties of the University of South Carolina and Edinboro University of Pennsylvannia.
Younglove is a Presser Scholar and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina where he earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Saxophone Performance. He completed graduate studies at Northwestern University earning a Master of Music in Saxophone Performance. His principle teachers include Connie Akers, Frederick Hemke, Clifford Leaman, and John Sampen.
Younglove embraces new music and has commissioned and/or premiered works by composers Jon Anderson, Ian Dicke, George Fetner, Simon Fink, Kurt Isaacson, Girard Kratz, David Maslanka, Baljinder Sekhon, Marilyn Shrude, Benjamin Taylor, Gregory Wanamaker, Amy Williams, and Eric Wubbels. As a soloist he has performed with the Bowling Green State University Wind Symphony, the Wayne State University Wind Symphony, the Minot Symphony Orchestra, the Florence Symphony Orchestra (SC), and the Motor City Symphony Orchestra. As a member of the award-winning Assembly Quartet he frequently tours the US and abroad performing concerts and engaging in educational outreach performances. Matthew Younglove is a Conn-Selmer Artist Clinician, playing Selmer (Paris) saxophones exclusively, and a Vandoren Regional Artist.