The German-born recorder player, conductor and composer, Matthias Maute, studied in Freiburg and Utrecht with Baldrick Deerenberg and Marion Verbruggen. In 1990 won first prize in the soloist category of the competition Musica Antiqua Bruges, Belgium. He subsequently won the Dutch Impressariat Chamber Music Competition.
Matthias Maute has achieved an international reputation as conductor, recorder and flute player and as a composer. He has played with several chamber music groups, including REBEL Baroque Orchestra, and has made a number of recordings. He is the artistic director of Ensemble Caprice, which includes his wife and duo partner Sophie Lariviere who plays the recorder and traverso flute. For this ensemble he produces ingenious and fascinating programmes. With this ensemble he regularly appears at major festivals world wide. In Canada he has performed at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Festival international du Domaine Forget and Elora Festival among others.
In the realm of choir and orchestra direction Matthias Maute has focussed more and more on large scale projects. His versions of J.S. Bach’s B Minor Mass (BWV 232), Arvo Pärt's and J.S. Bach’s Magnificat (BWV 243) and Jan Dismas Zelenka’s Miserere were broadcast nationwide by CBC Radio 2 and Radio Canada/Espace Musique. He has recorded George Frideric Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks on CD, and under his direction Ensemble Caprice was awarded the prestigious 2009 JUNO Award for Best Classical Album of the Year (Vocal or Choral Performance) for its CD Gloria! Vivaldi’s Angels on the Analekta label. In September 2012 Ensemble Caprice directed by Matthias Maute released a double CD on Analekta featuring J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos (BWV 1046-1051) juxtaposed with Preludes from Dmitri Shostakovich's Op. 87.
His solo career has soared since winning First Prize in the soloist category at the renowned Early Music Competition in Bruges, Belgium in 1990. He made his debut at Lincoln Center in New York in December 2008. In 2003 and 2005, he was the featured recorder soloist at the Boston Early Music Festival. Maute has made some twenty recordings on the Analekta, Vanguard Classics, Bella Musica, Dorian, Bridge and Atma Classique labels..
As a composer, Matthias Maute's compositions hold an important place in the world of contemporary recorder music, and are published by Breitkopf & Härtel, Amadeus, Moeck and Carus.. He teaches at Université de Montréal and McGill University in Montreal, and a member of Vox Saeculorum, a society of composers working in early historical styles