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  Pianist: Matthew Hagle

Pianist Matthew Hagle lives and works in the Chicago area, having performed at the Ravinia Festival’s Martin Theater, Symphony Center, the Chicago Cultural Center, and live from radio station WFMT, among other venues.  He has performed in England, Australia, and Japan, as well as throughout the United States.  His recent solo performances have explored the often neglected masterpieces of the 20th-century piano repertoire and connections between newer and older music, including pieces of Copland, Carter, Ives, Schönberg, Messaien, Ligeti, and Takemitsu.  Since 1999, he has been principal collaborator to violinist Rachel Barton Pine, joining her for performances around the United States including a recent recital at the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as appearances on National Public Radio’s Performance Today, St. Paul Sunday, and the Jerry Lewis Telethon.  In 2005, he joined Ms. Pine for a series of performances of the complete works for violin and piano by Beethoven, live on WFMT.  He also performs with members of the Chicago Symphony and as a piano duo with his wife Mio. 

Clavier Magazine has praised the “rare clarity and sweetness” of Mr. Hagle’s playing, which has been described by both Piano and Keyboard and the New Haven Register as “outstanding.”  The Charleston Post and Courier commented on his “unusual sensitivity,” and the Springfield (MA) Union News applauded his “unaffected brilliance and   profound understanding,” “elegant phrases and majestic expostulations,” and “rhythmic dependability, guarded exuberance, and a glorious fourth and fifth-finger legato with which to sing gleaming upper-octave melodies.” 

A dedicated teacher of piano, chamber music, music theory, and composition, Mr. Hagle currently is on the faculty of the Music Institute of Chicago.  His students in piano and composition have won prizes in local and national competitions.  He also has taught at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, at Elmhurst College, and at the International Institute for Young Musicians at the Universities of Kansas and California at Santa Barbara.  In addition to teaching composition, Mr. Hagle has composed pieces for solo flute and piano that have been performed in Germany and Japan.  He was a laureate of the 1997 American Pianists Association Competition, and one of 36 pianists chosen to compete in the 2000 Sydney International Piano Competition.  

Matthew Hagle is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory (B.M.) and of Yale University (M.M., M.M.A., D.M.A), receiving faculty prizes in piano, accompanying, and music theory.  He has also received a Fulbright Grant to study piano privately in London.   His teachers were Claude Frank, Robert Weirich, Donald Currier and Maria Curcio Diamond.