Pianist to give master class, recital

March 31, 2017 | Arts, Events, UToday, Arts and Letters
By Angela Riddel

Matthew Bengtson will visit The University of Toledo for the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Piano Series this weekend.

He will present a master class Saturday, April 1, at 10 a.m. and a recital Sunday, April 2, at 3 p.m. Both free, public events will be held in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.


Bengtson’s program will include the music of Beethoven, Chopin, Alkan, and Liszt, among others.

Critically acclaimed as a “musician’s pianist,” Bengtson also is a composer, analyst and scholar of performance practice, and thus is in demand as both soloist and collaborator. An advocate of both contemporary and rarely performed music, he commands a diverse repertoire, ranging from William Byrd to Gyorgy Ligeti and numerous contemporary Philadelphia-area composers. He has appeared with violinist Joshua Bell on NPR’s “Performance Today” and XM Satellite Radio’s “Classical Confidential.” His recordings can be heard on the Romeo, Arabesque, Griffin Renaissance, Albany and Navona record labels.

Bengtson is assistant professor of piano literature at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance, where he teaches piano, fortepiano, and courses in piano repertoire, history and culture. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, at Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges, at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Music and the Peabody Institute, and has been on the collaborative piano staff at the Curtis Institute of Music. Besides his musical attainments, Bengtson was educated at Harvard University with a focus in mathematics and computer science.

For more information on the piano series, contact Dr. Michael Boyd, UT professor of piano, at michael.boyd@utoledo.edu or 419.530.2183.

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