Matthew Brower, D.M.A.
D.M.A. Collaborative Piano, University of Michigan, 2013
M.M. Collaborative Piano, University of Michigan, 2010
B.M. Piano Performance, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, 2008
Minor: Piano Pedagogy
MUS 253: Applied Piano
MUS 453: Advanced Applied Piano
MUS 135: Class Piano I
MUS 235: Class Piano II
MUS 297: Jazz Piano Improvisation
Hailed as “superb” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Dr. Matthew Brower is a 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. He has appeared in many prestigious venues throughout the U.S. and China, including Carnegie Hall (Zankel Hall), the Kimmel Center, and the Shanghai Oriental Art Center, and he has been featured on WRTI, Philadelphia’s classical radio station. After three successful years as Lecturer of Applied/Class/Collaborative Piano at Washington College, he was appointed Visiting Assistant Professor of Piano in 2018.
At Washington College, Dr. Brower teaches private lessons and group classes for students at all levels. One of his students was recently honored to perform at Carnegie Hall as a second-place winner of the American Protégé International Piano & Strings Competition. Dr. Brower enjoys contributing to Washington’s Premier Artists Series, having performed with Grammy-nominated violinist Jenny Oaks Baker and David Kim, Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Together with his colleague, Dr. Woobin Park, he founded the annual Washington College Piano Festival in April 2018, which presents workshops, competitions, master classes, and student and guest artist recitals. For the past five summers, Dr. Brower has also been a faculty member of the University of Delaware’s Master Players Festival, where he currently directs the Collaborative Piano program.
Since 2013, he has been a member of 6-wire, a violin-erhu-piano trio acclaimed for its synthesis of traditional and contemporary Eastern and Western musical styles. They have been honored to perform for Vice President Joe Biden, Delaware Governor Jack Markell, and the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. Their debut album, 6th Sense, released in June 2018, was featured in Gramophone and produced by Grammy-winning sound engineer Andreas Meyer.
Dr. Brower has collaborated with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia on multiple occasions, including concerts at the Annenberg Center and the Kimmel Center, presenting music from Africa and the Americas, respectively. He has appeared as their principal pianist for live film screenings of La La Land and Grease at the Mann Center as well as a program of Belgian music for the Hon. Dirk Wouters, Belgian Ambassador to the United States, at the Kreeger Museum in Washington, D.C.
As a vocal coach and choral accompanist, Dr. Brower has held positions at Opera Philadelphia, the Mendelssohn Club Chorus, Westminster Choir College, the Curtis Institute Summerfest Young Artist Voice Program, the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, Opera in the Ozarks, the University of Pennsylvania, and the College of New Jersey.
A dedicated pedagogue, Dr. Brower is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music by the Music Teachers National Association and a member of the Maryland State Music Teachers Association and the College Music Society (CMS). He has performed and presented a lecture, “Including Collaborative Training in the Piano Studio”, at the CMS 2018 Northeast Regional Conference.