Matthew Roitstein

Matthew Roitstein joined the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra 2022/2023 season as Principal Flutist. He comes to St. Louis after eight years as Associate Principal Flutist with the Houston Symphony.

Previously a member of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra and Sarasota Opera Orchestra, Matthew has also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Dallas, Detroit, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras. Music festival appearances include the Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, Britt Festival Orchestra, Arizona Musicfest, Aspen, and Sarasota Music Festivals. Matthew has recorded with the Houston Symphony and New World Symphony, as well as on Gloria Estefan’s 2013 album, The Standards. In 2021, Roitstein commissioned, premiered, and recorded two new works for the flute and piano repertoire: “Ignoble Dances,” by Karim Al-Zand, and “Paradiddles,” by Matthew’s father, David Roitstein,  a composer and pianist  faculty member of California Institute of the Arts.

Roitstein has taught extensively in the U.S. as well as throughout South and Central America. He has been on the faculty of the Interlochen Arts Camp since 2018, and Bard College since 2021. He received his Bachelor’s Degrees in both architecture and music from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was the 2007 winner of the MIT Symphony Concerto Competition and attended Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music for his graduate studies. His primary flute teachers were Leone Buyse and Seta Der Hohannesian, and other significant teachers include Mark Sparks, Elizabeth Rowe, Stephen Kujala, Gary Woodward, Pedro Eustache, and Matthew’s mother, Rosy Sackstein.