"Highly Intelligent and Deeply Sensitive" - Gabriel Chodos
Matthew Xiong is an Australian classical pianist based in Boston, Massachusetts. Born into a family with no musical roots, Matthew fell in love with classical music when he had a close encounter with Brahms’s 1st Symphony at a young age. Soon after, Matthew began his studies in piano. He has studied under many of the leading musicians of this time, among them are Margaret Hair, John Perry, Ian Hobson, Robert Mcdonald, and Ignat Solzhenitsyn. An avid chamber musician, Matthew has also worked with members of the Borromeo and Brentano quartets. Matthew received his Bachelor of Music at the New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Gabriel Chodos and Bruce Brubaker, and his Masters of Music at Boston University under Boaz Sharon.
Matthew has concertized both nationally in the USA, and internationally in Europe and Australia, performing as an artist at international festivals such as the Internationaler Klaviersommer in Cochem, Germany, the Kawai Sydney International Piano Festival, in Sydney, the Mannes Beethoven Institute in Manhattan, NY, and the Ian Hobson Steinway Society Festival in Puerto Rico. Matthew has also achieved outstanding results in various piano competitions, some of which include, the 2nd prize winner in the Sydney National Concerto Competition at the Sydney Eisteddfod, playing the Mozart D minor Piano Concerto, and runner up for the BU Carnegie Hall Competition performing Rachmaninoff's 1st Concerto.
Matthew is particularly interested in the field of Psychology, which he believes is integral to all areas of musical practice. Because of this interest, Matthew often performs music that he believes has meaning deeply rooted in the human psyche, and is an advocate for raising awareness on the subject of performance anxiety within performing musicians. LimeLight Magazine published his unique approach in helping musicians overcome their fears on stage, demonstrating his immense expertise on the subject.
Matthew believes that music is a powerful tool that allows him to communicate and connect with his audience about universal ideas that transcend cultural and historical context. As a performer, Matthew’s goal on stage is to explore with his listeners the full spectrum of human emotion possible within music, of not just beauty, but at times, often, even discomfort, which he believes is important as part of the human experience. Matthew carries this idea as a successful educator as well, as he believes it is his obligation to preserve the arts in such a way in the coming generations.