Multi-award-winning pianist Matt Peterson possesses a mastery of classical, jazz, pop, R&b, and soul. From Chopin to Frank Sinatra to Billy Joel to Stevie Wonder, Matt brings a special attention to detail and creative flair to everything he performs. He possesses a unique enthusiasm and professionalism and his encyclopedic repertoire allows him to meet the specific needs of each event and take song requests.
Matt has a Bachelor's Degree in Classical Piano from Wheaton College and a Masters Degree in Jazz Piano from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, where he studied under the Artistic Excellence Scholarship. He is the overall winner of the Ben Heppner Concerto Competition with Gershwin's Concerto in F.
At Indiana University, Matt studied with David Baker, Luke Gillespie, Steve Houghton, and others, and played in the Brent Wallarab Jazz Ensemble, the top jazz ensemble at the school. In 2013, he was invited with to perform at the Monterey Jazz Festival.
In addition to extensive classical and jazz performance experience, he has played for musical theater productions and film scores, as well as for weddings, corporate events, private parties, and receptions. Matt has played regularly at venues and restaurants in Seattle, Chicago, and Bloomington, and Los Angeles. In the summer of 2013, he played piano in the All-American Band at Disneyland under Ron McCurdy, where he played with jazz luminaries such as Gordon Goodwin, Gregg Field, Peter Erskine, Willie Murillo, John Clayton, and Wycliffe Gordon.
He currently performs with the Joffrey Ballet Company in Chicago for rehearsals, classes, and shows, where he collaborates with some of the top dancers in the country.
He currently lives in the greater Chicagoland IL area where he is an in-demand performer and educator.
He looks forward greatly to working with you!