Matthijs loves playing chamber music, both early and contemporary. He graduated cum laude from his studies of baroque trombone with Charles Toet at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, and specialised into renaissance music on trombone and slide trumpet even further with Catherine Motuz at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Matthijs played with the ensembles Música Temprana, Holland Baroque, Capriccio Stravagante, New Collegium, La Fonte Musica, Innsbrucker Hofmusik, Ghislieri Consort, and many others.
Together with Anne-Linde Visser and Elise Dupont he co-founded the Castello Consort. With this ensemble, they specialise in the expressive and virtuosic (chamber) music of the sixteenth and seventeenth century. They recently performed in the foremost (international) concert series and festivals, including the Händel-Festspiele in Göttingen (DE), Festival d'Ambronay (FR), and the Utrecht Early Music Festival (NL). In 2023 they released their debut CD ‘Fantastissimus’, presenting a combination of seventeenth-century chamber music and contemporary music by Martijn Padding.
Matthijs is regularly teaching courses and workshops, and is active as a teacher in historical trombones. As a researcher, he is currently working on his PhD on the trombone in seventeenth-century France, England, and the Low Countries.