Concert pianist, fortepianist, and harpsichordist

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Welcome to my website! I perform on piano, fortepiano, and harpsichord, I teach and write about piano literature, and I offer specialties in a variety of wonderful rare repertoire.

a “musician’s pianist”

Tuinman fortepiano
Tuinman-Walter fortepiano (photo: Richard Moseson)

Critically acclaimed as a “musician’s pianist,” Matthew Bengtson has a unique combination of musical talents ranging from extraordinary pianist, to composer, analyst, and scholar of performance practice, and thus is in demand as both soloist and collaborator. An advocate of both contemporary and rarely performed music, he commands a diverse repertoire, ranging from William Byrd to György Ligeti and numerous contemporary composers, including substantial ongoing projects with Roberto Sierra. He has been presented in concerts as a La Gesse Fellow in France, Germany, Italy and Hungary, in Washington, DC, at Monticello, and in solo recitals at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. He has also appeared on the Pro Musica series in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. He has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras and has appeared with violinist Joshua Bell on NPR’s “Performance Today” and XM Satellite Radio’s “Classical Confidential.” His recordings can be heard on the Roméo, Arabesque, Albany, Musica Omnia, Griffin Renaissance, and Navona record labels.

Scriabin in the Himalayas festival website and documentary trailer, from Thiksey Gompa monastery in Ladakh, India, as featured here on the cover of Musical Opinion