Matthew and his colleague Woobin Park are launching the first Washington College Piano Festival! On April 21st, students will have the opportunity to compete in a piano competition, take campus tours, attend workshops, perform in a student concert and a master class taught by guest artist Lydia Artymiw, Professor of Piano at the University of Minnesota. Professor Artymiw will also be performing a solo concert in the evening as part of the Washington College Premier Artists Series.
High school students and college students are encouraged to apply for this program. Participation is FREE after a $25 application fee. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to visit Washington College, meet fellow pianists, learn about career opportunities, and perform in Hotchkiss Recital Hall! Families welcome as well!
Further information, including the application, can be found here: https://www.washcoll.edu/live/events/19705-washington-college-piano-festival
On November 10, the 6-wire World Music Band performed for Vice President Joe Biden at the University of Delaware’s Delaware First fundraising campaign, which has already raised $565 million. 6-wire performed a piece from its “Conflict Connections” project promoting diversity and inclusion, which the former VP personally told the group are the qualities that make the United States a model nation for the rest of the world.
Check out 6-wire‘s new website, http://6-wire.com, designed by Katie Ekins (who also designed this site)! The new website features videos, news, and booking information for the chamber music trio and larger world music ensemble. In addition, you can follow all the group’s latest updates on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/6wireworldensemble/
On August 17, Matthew performed for over 4,600 people at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia as the pianist for La La Land in Concert with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. The orchestra received a rave review from the Philadelphia Inquirer, which can be seen here: http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/arts/la-la-land-at-the-mann-light-and-live-20170818.html
On March 4, Matthew had the privilege of performing on a PianoArc Brock 360, used by Lady Gaga’s band in the 2017 Super Bowl Halftime Show, in 6-wire’s World Music Band concert at the University of Delaware. In addition to jamming in several pop-rock songs on stage, Matthew is one of the first people to perform classical music on a PianoArc in public. If you thought Bösendorfers were cool for adding a few extra keys, this takes piano playing to a whole new level. Stay tuned for videos of this performance, and check out Matthew on PianoArc’s website: http://pianoarc.com/6ixwire-concert-features-pianoarc/
On December 7, 2016, 6-wire performed at the inauguration ceremony for the University of Delaware’s new president, Dennis Assanis, sharing the stage with keynote speaker Vice President Joe Biden!
6-wire is now on the roster of California Artists Management and they are planning a national tour for fall 2017 and spring 2018! Stay tuned for more information on upcoming concert dates!
Clarinetist Christopher Nichols and Matthew have been selected to perform movements from Jim Stephenson’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (co-commissioned by Christopher) at SUNY Plattsburgh, NY in March 2017.
This week, Matthew begins his 2nd year as Lecturer of Piano at Washington College. He will be teaching private lessons and group classes in addition to accompanying student, faculty, and guest artist concerts throughout the year. He is eager to start the semester and is looking forward to seeing returning students and colleagues and meeting new students as well.
Matthew is excited to announce that he will be performing with David Kim, Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, at Washington College on March 24, 2017 at 7:30pm in Hotchkiss Hall! Tickets and information can be found here.