Matthew Gianforte, 2014 Adjunct Faculty
Recognized for his sensitivity and panache, pianist Matthew Gianforte enjoys an active career as a soloist, collaborator, and teacher, having performed across the United States and abroad. Highlights of past seasons include successful debut appearances at Weill Recital Hall (New York), Sarada and Philia Halls in Japan, as well as appearances at several universities across the United States to present solo and collaborative recitals honoring the birthdays of Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, and Debussy. In addition, he has premiered a number of new works, including composer Brian Ciach’s prize-winning Piano Sonata No. 2 at the American Liszt Society Bicentennial Festival, as well as the Trio after Brahms, by David DeBoor Canfield, with saxophonist Thomas Liley and violinist Michèle Lekas.
A native of Chicago, Gianforte received the Bachelor of Music degree with highest honors from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where he was a pupil of Marilyn Neeley. He continued his studies with Karen Shaw at Indiana University, where he earned the Master of Music and the Doctor of Music degrees. Additionally, he received chamber music instruction from Edmund Battersby, Robert Gerle, Leonard Hokanson, and Michael McCraw, and coaching in harpsichord and fortepiano from Elisabeth Wright.
A dedicated teacher of all ages and levels, Dr. Gianforte currently serves on the keyboard faculty at Murray State University in Kentucky, where teaches piano, piano pedagogy and literature, music appreciation, and serves as Coordinator of the Keyboard Division. Prior to his appointment at Murray State, he taught at the DePauw University School of Music, and at Indiana University, he served as the Acting Coordinator of Secondary Piano, Coordinator of Piano Accompanying, and as an Associate Instructor in piano. In addition to his collegiate teaching, Dr. Gianforte works each summer with talented pre-college pianists at the Indiana University Piano Academy, and he regularly presents master classes and serves as an adjudicator in competitions.