Matthew Brower is a Philadelphia-based pianist, coach, and educator who brings vision and sensitivity to a variety of genres, from classical piano, chamber music, opera, and art song to musical theatre and jazz. At age eleven, he made his New York City debut, performing an original composition at Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall). He has since performed in such prestigious venues as Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center), Merkin Hall, and Steinway Hall, as well as in Europe and China. Since 2015, he has been Director of Piano Studies and Lecturer of Piano at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland.
At Washington College, Matthew has both designed the curricula and taught group classes and individual lessons for students at all levels. In November 2016, he returned to Carnegie Hall, this time to hear his own student perform as a second-place winner of the American Protégé International Piano & Strings Competition. Matthew enjoys contributing to Washington’s vibrant concert series, having performed with Grammy-nominated violinist Jenny Oaks Baker and most recently with David Kim, Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Together with his colleague, Woobin Park, he is launching the first annual Washington College Piano Festival in April 2018, which will feature workshops, a competition, a master class, and a guest artist recital. For the past three summers, Matthew has also performed with members of top-tier orchestras and conservatories and taught talented students from around the world as a faculty member of the University of Delaware’s Master Players Festival.
Since 2013, Matthew has been a member of 6-wire, the ensemble-in-residence of the Master Players Concert Series at the University of Delaware. Founded by violinist Xiang Gao (Professor of Violin at the University of Delaware) and erhuist Cathy Yang, the group is acclaimed for its synthesis of traditional and contemporary Eastern and Western musical styles. In 2015, 6-wire received a Chamber Music America grant to fund outreach concerts in Delaware schools and community centers. They have been honored to perform for Vice President Joe Biden, Henry Kissinger, and Delaware Governor Jack Markell. As part of their ongoing commitment to innovation, 6-wire has formed a world music band that recently featured Matthew playing a PianoArc 360 degree keyboard, as seen in Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl half-time show. 6-wire is managed by California Artists Management and they will soon be releasing their debut album, 6th Sense.
Last season, Matthew served as the pianist with the Mendelssohn Club Choir in Philadelphia, which included performing Arthur Honegger’s oratorio, King David, with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and rehearsing with the choir for its performances of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Return of the King at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He recently joined the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia again as the featured pianist in the Mann Center’s La La Land in Concert. Matthew’s work as an opera répétiteur has included two seasons as Chorus Pianist and Musical Assistant at Opera Philadelphia as well as productions with Toledo Opera, Opera in the Ozarks, and the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy. He has also coached and accompanied singers at Westminster Choir College, the University of Delaware, the University of Michigan, the College of New Jersey, and the Curtis Institute’s Summerfest Young Artist Voice program.
Matthew is a member of the College Music Society and recently performed at the 2017 Northeast Regional Conference at SUNY Plattsburgh. He has performed as a guest artist at Georgetown University and McDaniel College (broadcasted on local public television). In addition to classical performance, Matthew has been a working jazz musician for over a decade. With the aim of juxtaposing these interests, his lecture-recital, Jazzical, explores the hybridization of classical and jazz styles in 20th-century chamber music.
Matthew received his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in Collaborative Piano at the University of Michigan under the tutelage of renowned pianist Martin Katz. He also received his Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he was awarded the Oberlin Piano Faculty Prize in Accompanying.