Matthias Schack-Arnott


Michaela Coventry produces all of Matthias Schack-Arnott’s major projects including Everywhen,  GroundswellTethering and The Cage Project.


Matthias Schack-Arnott is an Australian artist, composer and percussionist, whose works span live performance, public art and installation.

Described by The Guardian as “visually and sonically exquisite”, Matthias’ works have been presented by major festivals and contemporary art spaces including National Museum of Australia, Perth Festival, Adelaide Festival, Sydney Festival, Melbourne Festival, RISING Festival (Melbourne), Arts House (Melbourne), The Unconformity (Tasmania), Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, La Comete (France), Spor Festival (Denmark), The Substation (Melbourne) and the National Gallery of Victoria.

From 2010 to 2018, Matthias was the Artistic Associate of Australia’s leading percussive arts organisation Speak Percussion. He continues to have a close affiliation with the organisation.
As a collaborator, interpreter and improviser, Matthias has worked with many leading musicians including Steve Reich, Claire Chase, Unsuk Chin, Valerio Tricoli, John Zorn, Liza Lim and Steven Schick.

Matthias has also created new works with some of Australia’s most celebrated choreographers. He co-created They Want New Language with Antony Hamilton in 2017 for La Comete (France) and recently collaborated with Lucy Guerin to create a large-scale interdisciplinary work commissioned by RISING Festival in association with National Gallery of Victoria.

Matthias is the winner of four Australian Art Music Awards, the Melbourne Prize for Music, MTNow Prize (Rotterdam) and three Green Room Awards.

Image: Matthias Schack-Arnott, Everywhen 2019, photo Bryony Jackson