Originally from Boulder, Colorado, Matthew Cox has been a part of the Sound ExChange Project since the spring of 2013 when he directed “Sound of Silence,” a collaboration between musicians from the Eastman School of Music and Dangerous Signs, a group of Deaf poets from the Rochester Institute of Technology and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. In addition to studying the viola at Eastman with George Taylor, Matthew has completed a minor in American Sign Language from the University of Rochester. In the summer of 2012, he spent a week as an interpreter for a Hard-of-Hearing guitarist at Umphrey’s McGee’s Summer Camp Music Festival, and last year he traveled (with Dangerous Signs) to New York City for a series of performances and workshops at the IRT theater in Greenwich Village. In the fall of 2014, he will begin pursuing a Kaufmann Entrepreneurial year at the University of Rochester, developing technology that uses the Microsoft Kinect as a musical instrument, in an effort to create interactive multimedia concert experiences. Matthew aspires to establish a musical niche somewhere between Steve Reich and Beyoncé, and to also learn how to play as many instruments as possible.