Co-First Prize Winner, 2007 Arthur Fraser International Concerto Competition
Matthew Griswold, a senior piano major and composer, studies with Robert Shannon at Oberlin Conservatory. His playing has garnered him awards including 1st prize in the Arthur Dann Piano Competition in April 2011 (which earned him a grant in support of a concert tour) and 1st place in the Arthur Fraser Concerto Competition in 2007. Included in Matthew’s recent performances in the U.S. and Europe was a performance of the 1st Shostakovich Piano Concerto with the orchestra of Music Fest Perugia (Italy), public recitals and house concerts on the East and West coasts (U.S.), and debuts of his own original compositions. He performed as a guest soloist with the South Carolina Philharmonic in 2007, and in June of 2010, he soloed with over 20 professional and student conductors as part of a conductor's workshop led by Maestro Donald Portnoy. South Carolina's The State calls Matthew's playing "convincing... with big tone."
In addition to having given solo and joint-recitals as part of the Spoleto Music Festival, South Eastern Piano Festival, Music Fest Perugia, International Music Academy Plzen, Oberlin Conservatory, Washington Conservatory, and Interlochen Center for the Arts, Matthew has performed in master classes with Emanuel Ax, Gary Graffmann, Kevin Kenner, John O’ Conor, Olga Kern, Illana Vered, Sergio Tiempo, and others.