A native of France, Jean-Luc Matton studied in Paris at the Versailles Conservatory with Jacques Cazauran (Principal Bass, Orchestre de Paris). He graduated in 1980 and moved to Venezuela to play with the Caracas Philharmonic and the Merida Philharmonic. In 1985, he went to Boston University where he studied with Herny Portnoi (Principal Bass, Boston Symphony). He received a Master’s degree in 1988. That same year he got a job in the NMSO (now the New Mexico Philharmonic) and has held the chair of Principal Bass since 1989.