Born in Los Angeles and raised in Venice and Santa Monica, California, Matthew Silberman has been around music his entire life. Since being in utero he was attending his mother's opera performances.
Silberman began his formal musical training at age 6, taking piano lessons. After a few years his interest in the piano waned, only to be supplanted by the clarinet at 9.
The summer of his 13th year, his father introduced him to the music of Charlie Parker. Although he had been listening to jazz for years since "borrowing" his dad's "Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers with Thelonious Monk" album, it was Bird who created the desire in him to learn to play jazz