Matthias Müller received a broad musical training at the University of Music in Basle; Hans Rudolf Stalder and Jürg Wyttenbach were his most important teachers. Matthias Müller has lived in Zurich Since 1996 and is a Professor for Clarinet at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK).
He has gained a reputation as a versatile artist and is active as an interpreter, composer and teacher, as well as the Artistic Director in various institutions and for various projects. He has performed as a soloist with renowned orchestras such as the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra Moscow, and the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi etc. He supports the creation of new music and has played over 100 premiers.
At the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology at the ZHdK, he is in charge of the research project ‘Sensor Augmented Bass Clarinet', an instrument that is playable in the usual way but also allows the possibility to be controlled by a computer.
As a composer, he has followed a line of the development that might be termed the ‘Aesthetics of the Second Modernism’ and attempts time and time again to follow through in an interdisciplinary way. Along with works of music theatre and for the orchestra, his œuvre encompasses many pieces of chamber music and electronic music, too. He has written an instructional work for the clarinet and continues to regularly compose works for children.