Although his primary studies were in preparation for a law degree at the University of California in Santa Cruz (USA), Matthew Simon continued his trumpet studies at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz. He has had the privilege of studying privately with trumpet legends Bobby Shew and James Stamp. Later he would complement his studies at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts (USA), where he studied with Jeff Stout and Greg Hopkins through a Berklee Scholarship.
Since 1975 he has resided in Spain, where he has had an extensive and varied career. Matthew has worked with both Spanish and international musical stars from all styles. He has been a featured trumpet player in innumerable recordings and in various fields: commercials and jingles (Bacardí rum, Nissan, Agua de Coimbra fragance, Estrella beer, Martini), television (Spanish Public Television, Channel 3, Channel South, TV3), the Goya Awards ceremony, the Barcelona 1992 Summer Olympic Games...
In 1986 he shared the stage with Miles Davis in the Barcelona International Jazz Festival (Spain).
Collaborations in jazz and modern music: Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Guy Laffite, Al Cohn, Tete Montoliú, Jerry Lewis, Natalie Cole, Dionne Warwick, Dave Liebman, John Abercrombie, Louis Bellson, Frank Wess, Dennis Rowland, Orange Then Blue, Wayne Naus Big Band, Either/Orchestra, Frankie Valli, Dick Dale, Michel Camilo, Bart Van Lier, Jack McDuff, Lucrecia, Gato Pérez, Joan Albert Amargós, Max Sunyer, Carles Benavent, Manel Camp, Eladio Reinón, Perico Sambeat, Jack McDuff, Iñaki Salvador, Bebo Valdés, Chano Domínguez, Horacio Fumero, Suso Sáiz, Bobby Shew, Jorge Pardo.
Collaborations in pop music: Ana Belén, Miguel Ríos, Víctor Manuel, Joan Manuel Serrat, Javier Gurruchaga, La Trinca, Azúcar Moreno, María de la Muntanya, Loquillo, Parrita, Gringos, Los Toreros Muertos, Marcos Llunas, Paloma Berganza, Pedro Ruy Blas, Lucrecia, Manzanita, Música Urbana, Lluís Llach, Moncho, Carlos Cano, Peret, Jarabe de Palo, Marina Rossell, Dyango, Juan Perro, Nina, Lolita, Ismael Serrano, Chano Domínguez, Martirio, George Mraz, Ismael Serrano, Operación Triunfo, Rosa de España, Ibrahim Ferrer and Buena Vista Social Club.
He has collaborated with various Spanish orchestras (Barcelona Teatre Lliure Chamber Orchestra, Barcelona Symphony, San Cugat Symphony, Tenerife Symphony, Euskadi Symphony) and with the Andorra National Chamber Orchestra.