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
Dr. 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 Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall). He has since performed with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and has appeared in many prestigious venues throughout the US and China.
At Washington College, Dr. Brower has both designed the curricula and taught private lessons and group classes 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. 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, Woobin Park, he launched the first annual Washington College Piano Festival in April 2018, featuring workshops, a competition, and a master class and guest artist recital by pianist Lydia Artymiw. For the past four summers, Dr. Brower 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, he has been a member of 6-wire, a crossover ensemble acclaimed for its synthesis of traditional and contemporary Eastern and Western musical styles. 6-wire received a Chamber Music America grant to fund outreach concerts in 2015, and they have been honored to perform for Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and Delaware Governor Jack Markell. They recently released their debut album, 6th Sense, in June 2018, featuring original compositions and arrangements of Gershwin, Bach, Sarasate, and Piazzolla and produced by Grammy Award-winning sound engineer Andreas Meyer. They have appeared as guest artists at Georgetown University and McDaniel College, where their performance was broadcasted on local public television. This upcoming season includes performances in Hong Kong, Carnegie Hall (Zankel Hall), Arizona, and Arkansas.
Dr. Brower has collaborated with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia on multiple occasions, appearing as the featured pianist in La La Land in Concert at the Mann Center, which the Philadelphia Inquirer hailed as “superb,” and playing a concert for the Hon. Dirk Wouters, Belgian Ambassador to the United States, at the Kreeger Museum in Washington, D.C. He is excited to join them this season for concerts at the Annenberg Center and the Kimmel Center, presenting music from Africa and the Americas, respectively.
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. He is also passionate about presenting the diversity of American styles to audiences. In this vein, he recently collaborated on mashups of classical, jazz, gospel, musical theatre, and popular music with soprano Julia Chalfin and tenor Cory O’Niell Walker at venues including the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, The Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, PA, and the Kraine Theatre in New York City. He believes in connecting music with community initiatives and has performed in benefit concerts for hurricane victims in Haiti and Puerto Rico as well as organizations that provide housing for LGBTQ youths.
A dedicated pedagogue, Dr. Brower is a member of the College Music Society and performed and presented a lecture, “Including Collaborative Training in the Piano Studio”, at their 2018 Northeast Regional Conference.
He received his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in Collaborative Piano from the University of Michigan under the tutelage of renowned pianist Martin Katz. He also received his Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance with a minor in Piano Pedagogy from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he was awarded the Oberlin Piano Faculty Prize in Accompanying.