Age 6, André received a violin from his father, an orchestra musician. Age 13 he picked up the electric guitar to copy the riffs of Prince, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The music of jack-of-all-trades Frank Zappa and John Zorn stimulated Matov's interest in jazz, which led to musical studies at the Folkwang-University in Essen. It was here that he came into contact with the future members his quintet MatovsGarage. Shortly after graduation in 2006, André Matov and his band won the competition jazzwerkruhrpreis and recorded their debut CD. Since then Andre has been busy composing and produing both his own music and also that of other artists, and for film and television. As a guitarist he plays in his own projects, but also as a sideman for other musicians and theatre productions.
The ma|tov|trio focuses on powerful song-structures with simple melodies and harmonies to create an atmospheric mood. However, the three musicians do not fear loud or noisy passages. Cheli-Duo features Andre playing in a soft-spoken duo setting with fellow guitarist Karsten Lipp. Their repertoire reaches from jazz standards to arranged pop songs. In his quintet MatovsGarage, Andre combines music of the Balkans with modern jazz harmony. The Patillas Familiy plays groovy soul jazz, which tempts the listeners to get up onto the dance floor. As a sideman, Matov plays regularly with the singer Natural Sedova from New York and Mozambican bass player and singer Carlos Dalelane. In the project below c level, André Matov is interacting with other musicians to improvisatory condense sounds which are broadcasted live from the north pole.