BIO
Matt Peterson 
COMPOSER • PIANIST  TEACHER

 


Matt Peterson is an award-winning composer and pianist from Seattle, WA.  Matt currently works as a freelance pianist and private lesson instructor in Chicago, IL.  He is an accompanist at the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, a piano and composition teacher at the Bellas Artes School of Music in Glen Ellyn, IL, and the staff organist at All Souls Anglican Church in Wheaton, IL.   He has taught class piano at Wheaton College and currently has a studio of 35 weekly private students.

In collaboration with the Bird and Baby Theatre Company, Matt has composed original scores for productions of The RockAnne of Green Gables, The Diary of Anne Frank, and The Magician's NephewHe composed an original score for Daniel Saunders’ surrealistic horror film Corpus, an official selection of the Naperville Independent Film Festival.   Matt contributed original music for the Internet series JellyTelly, by Jellyfish Media, LLC.  In March of 2011 he was invited to write an original score and play live piano for a stage production of The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, put on by Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York.  In the summer of 2011 Matt served as pianist, conductor, and musical director for the Bird and Baby Theatre's production of Fiddler on the Roof.  

In 2010, Matt was selected by a panel as the overall winner of the Ben Heppner Concerto Competition, which culminated in his performance with the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra of George Gershwin’s Concerto in F.  Matt is also a four-time winner of the Washington State Music Teachers’ Association Composition Contest, as well as the Excellence in Performance Award from the Performance Arts Festival of the Eastside.  

Matt holds a Bachelor's of Music in Music Composition and Piano Performance from Wheaton College, where he studied jazz with Chicago flutist and bandleader Nicole Mitchell, bassist John Tate and pianists Bradley Williams and Josh Moshier, as well as classical piano with Dr. Daniel Horn, and composition with Dr. Howard Whitaker.  He holds a Masters in Music in Jazz Piano from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where he studied privately with Dr. Luke Gillespie and received instruction from Jeremy Allen, Steve Houghton, Pat Harbison, Brent Wallarab, and David Baker.  

Matt has recorded three CDs of original piano compositions: Renaissance (2004), The Paradise Suite (2006), and The Bridge (2009)The Paradise Suite, a 14-movement solo piano epic, chronicles the scope of the Biblical narrative from beginning to end.  Matt performed The Paradise Suite in 2006 at the Seattle Asian Art Museum at Volunteer Park, and again in 2007 at the Kirkland Performance Center.  

Matt’s compositional training included two years of classes at the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program under Emmy-winning composer Hummie Mann.  He studied composition, theory, and jazz improvisation, under professional composer and author Forrest Kinney (Pattern Play, 2007).   Matt's longest mentorship was with pianist and educator Akiko Kinney, with whom he studied classical piano for seven years, from 2000 to 2007.  Matt was also invited to work with performers in the Seattle Symphony as part of the Symphony's David Diamond Young Composers Workshop, under the mentorship of Composer-In-Residence Dr. Samuel Jones.  

In the summer of 2010, Matt traveled to Kunming, China, where for two months he taught private piano, composition, and improvisation lessons at the YaGe Community Center for the Arts. 

In April 2013, Matt performed at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival with an Indiana University quartet including Josh Roberts (drums), Anna Butterss (bass), and Matt MacDougall (guitar).   

During the summer of 2013, Matt played piano and percussion in the All-American College Band under director Ron McCurdy at the Disneyland Resort.   The following year, he worked as music director and staff accompanist for over 15 shows at the Adderley School for the Performing Arts in Pacific Palisades, CA, and as a private piano and composition instructor at the Joe Ferrante Music Academy in Monrovia.   

Please e-mail regarding booking for performances, private lesson inquiries, or any other questions.  

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