There is hardly a time when Matthew cannot remember playing the piano. From local festivals to University concert stages, he has performed a variety of repertoire from Bach to the contemporary pieces of Arsenio Giron, Nick Gianopoulos, Jake Heggie, and others.
He has studied under the tutelage of notable teachers including former University of Western Ontario piano professor, Patricia Giron, Stephane Lemelin, and Yin Zheng. His awards include the Ken Smith Memorial Award for Chopin from the Stratford Kiwanis Festival, and major scholarships to the University of Ottawa, Oakland University at Rochester, Michigan, and, most recently, to the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. He will matriculate this fall with a Masters in Music, specialization in piano performance, under the tutelage of the Adele Marcus protégé Steven Heyman. While studying at Syracuse University, he was a full teaching assistant. His duties included vocal accompaniment, serving as the rehearsal accompanist for opera workshop, and teaching class piano and private piano lessons. He was instrumental in founding the Syracuse University Chapter of the Music Teachers National Association to support music students in their professional and pedagogical development. Two of his former students have gone on to pursue studies in music at university.
Matthew holds an Honours Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude from McMaster University, where he was the winner of the Reginald Bedford Scholarship Competition for Piano in 2013, and the recipient of the Irene Pierce and Ella Halstead Scholarships for Piano in 2015. He obtained his ARCT Performers from the Royal Conservatory of Music in 2010. International festival experience includes performances at InterHarmony International Music Festival in Arcidosso, Italy, in 2016, where he studied with Dr Yin Zheng, and Orfeo Music Festival in Vipiteno-Sterzing in 2017, with Dr Jeremy Samolesky. Matthew has been a three time provincial finalist at the Ontario Provincial Music Festival.
Since 2013, Matthew has given annual benefit concerts in Kitchener-Waterloo and Sarnia during heart and stroke awareness month, to raise money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. In 2005, he gave his first performance in the Kitchener-Waterloo Music Marathon, an effort to raise money for the local Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra. Other performances include his affiliation with the Grand River Unitarian Church, the Kitchener-Waterloo Newcomers Club, KW ORMTA, and throughout southern Ontario.
In the fall of 2015, Matthew joined the Kitchener-Waterloo branch of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association (ORMTA). In addition to performing for several of their meetings, he also taught piano and music theory privately. While he performs keyboard music from across the gamut of musical eras, he feels a particular affinity for the music of the great Romantics, such as Chopin and Liszt, the music of J.S. Bach, and the music of the early twentieth century, with an emphasis on Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, and Debussy. The greatest influence on his musical interpretations and development can be attributed to his lifelong love of the other arts, including literature and the visual arts, and the idea that the arts and life are inseparable.