Matthew James Higham was born in 1998 in London, Great Britain. At the age of eight, he began playing the flute, and shortly thereafter was offered a place at The Purcell School for Young Musicians, where he studied the flute with Anna Pope and piano with Alla Krevchenko.
During this time, he won first prize at several competitions, including the Alexander and Buono International Competition and the Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition. After graduating in 2016, he continued his studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln under Prof. Robert Winn, and later at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main under Thaddeus Watson.
As a soloist, Matthew has played in halls such as the Carnegie Hall, the Wigmore Hall and St- Martin-in-the-Fields. In 2019, Matthew joined the academy of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, and was awarded a contract as assistant principal flute in February 2020. He is also a member of the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and has played as a guest with several leading orchestras across Europe.