Matthew Bengtson, pianist

Hello. I am Matthew Bengtson, concert pianist, fortepianist, and harpsichordist. I both teach and perform, and am especially interested in the music of Scriabin and Szymanowski.

NEW!! on Roméo Records, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the composer's death:

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News and reviews
Please find here a collection of press articles and reviews of my work.

    Fanfare magazine interview with John Bell Young about my recordings, and celebrating the Scriabin centennial.
    Radio Interview with Jim Cunningham on WQED-FM (Pittsburgh) about Scriabin in advance of a Pittsburgh recital.
    Radio Interview with Charles Dunaway on WRFI-FM (Ithaca, NY) about Scriabin in advance of the Cornell festival.
    Radio Interview with Sarah Cahill on KALW-FM (San Francisco) about my Scriabin recordings and projects.
    Selected reviews of the complete Scriabin Sonatas recordings.

Concert schedule
Here you can find details on my upcoming concerts.

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Click here for more information on my CD recordings, online sample recordings, and online downloadable recordings. These include the complete Scriabin Piano Sonatas, and my CD recording of piano music by Albéniz, Mendelssohn and Chopin, both on the Roméo Records label.

This is a list of my solo, concerto and chamber music performing repertoire, organized by era.

My artistic biography, CV, photos, a list of significant past concerts, and information on my musical instruments.

A handy collection of links to websites of special interest to me.

Some of my favorite hobbies and pastimes: go, chess, golf, tennis and others.

How to reach me.

Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour Steinway Artist

This artist was selected for inclusion in the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour Roster through a rigorous panel review process considering both artistic merit and touring readiness.


From recent review of complete Scriabin Sonatas on Romeo Records:

Here is a pianist of extraordinary depth and imagination, whose way with this music is at once unique, satisfying, and interpretively unimpeachable. .. Bengtson, who imitates no one, has synthesized the most persuasive elements that the best Scriabin interpreters .. have set forth over a century. To that end, he can now join those esteemed Scriabinists upon whom future generations can rely for definitive interpretations. (John Bell Young, Fanfare Magazine)
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Reviews of Albeniz Mendelssohn Chopin CD on Romeo Records:

[Bengtson] is certainly an artist to watch .. one of those pianists whose technique, though considerable, is not of the type that draws attention to itself, but to the music. (Lynn René Bayley, Fanfare Magazine)

The rich multilayered sound to the Mendelssohn Variations ... puts this account of op. 54 over all the others I’ve ever heard, including Brendel’s. (Brent Auerbach, American Record Guide)

Some current recording projects:

Multi-CD recording of solo piano and violin/piano repertoire of Karol Szymanowski, with violinist Blanka Bednarz, for the Musica Omnia label.

The complete works for cello and piano of Roberto Sierra, with John Haines-Eitzen, cello.

A new piano quintet by Dmitri Tymoczko, with the Amernet String Quartet.