While Matthew started playing music with the viola at age 9, it was at 16 that Matthew turned towards piano and composition after discovering the music of the Pat Metheny Group, pianists Dave Grusin and Mark Sloniker, Pink Floyd, and the electronic group Tangerine Dream. While in college for music recording and composition, Matthew fell for the music of Joni Mitchell and composers such as Maurice Ravel and Aaron Copland, and started recording his piano-based compositions in the college recording studio.
The varied styles that Matthew is drawn to can be heard in his newest album on Heart Dance Records, This Little Light, released in 2016 and recorded at Howlin’ Dog Studio in Alamosa, CO. The album features uplifting, rhythmic, and lushly arranged compositions with a stellar group of musicians. The album has been featured on radio stations in 10 countries, was listed as the #2 album for two months on Gaia Prime Radio, was in the top 50 albums on the Zone Music Reporter radio airplay chart for six months, was listed amongst the “best of 2016” on the radio program Audiosyncracy, was the #24 album on One World Music, and has been streamed in 90 countries.
Matthew’s music has been used in various animations and advertisements on youtube, including animation based on the video game Five Nights at Freddy’s, and has received over 80 million views. Music of Matthew’s has been heard in several films and theater productions, including the documentary A Shared Space: Learning from the Mustard Seed School and the play Firstborn in Berkeley, CA. In 2006 and 2009, Matthew performed piano on two PBS documentary soundtracks with songwriter Don Richmond. Matthew has also presented on diverse topics at several music conferences, including the International Conference on Twentieth-Century Music in Brighton, UK.
Matthew’s compositions, which focus primarily on chamber music, have been performed at various conferences and festivals including the Tutti New Music Festival, University of Alabama Huntsville New Music Festival, Colorado Composers Concerts, College Music Society conferences, and numerous Society of Composers conferences. Matthew has played piano and viola/violin in jazz ensembles, orchestras and chamber ensembles, with singer songwriters, and in various rock and bluegrass bands, including the Ohio band Case of Culler that performed on festival lineups with the artists Sam Bush, Leftover Salmon, and Little Feat.
Originally from Long Island, New York, Matthew lives in Alamosa, Colorado, a small town between the San Juan and Sangre de Cristo mountains, with his wife Veronica and daughter Caris. Matthew is a Professor of Music at Adams State University where he has been teaching composition, music theory, and music recording since 2005. He has been director of the Master of Arts in Music Education since 2020. Matthew received a bachelor's degree from Lebanon Valley College and his Masters and Ph.D. in Music Theory/Composition from Kent State University. Prior to Adams State, Matthew taught at Kent State University, Hiram College, and the University of Akron.