Matthew Funes has been playing viola with LA Opera Orchestra since 1995. He also played Principal Viola for seven years with the Dallas Opera Orchestra before coming to Los Angeles. His first introduction to opera was as a singer; he performed in several roles as a boy soprano. He frequently had the opportunity to perform, record and tour with the Los Angeles Philharmonic during the Esa Pekka Salonen years. He has also toured and recorded with many artists over the years including Madonna, Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Barbra Streisand, Cheryl Crow and Paul McCartney.