Matt was born in Forli, Italy, and he first heard the sound of a banjo on "the Muppet Show" when he was just three years old - he's been hooked ever since. He has been regularly performing on the most prestigious stages of the Blue Grass, Country and Rockabilly scene worldwide for over 15 years, both with his projects and backing up a number of legendary performers. He plays authentic, period-perfect mandolin (he is a firm believer in the use of oval-hole mandolins in Blue Grass!) as well as guitar and fiddle, and handles most of the lead singing as well as some harmony. A real scholar of 1940s/1950s Blue Grass (and Country music in general), he complements his performing activity with discographical and music research work.