Pianist Matthew Bourne (born 1977) is one of the UK’s leading jazz musicians. He initially began to teach himself, after seeing Frank Sinatra play on television in 1993. Bourne enrolled at Leeds College of Music in 1995 where he began to explore contemporary classical composition and avant-garde. In 2001 he graduated from the MMus Jazz Studies course. Currently, Bourne is employed as a part-time lecturer at Leeds College of Music and has just completed a PhD in Performance at the University of Leeds. He has won numerous awards, including the Perrier Young Jazz Musician of the Year in 2001 & the prize for Jazz Innovation at the BBC Radio Jazz Awards.