Brianna MatzkeCincinnati, OH
Brianna Matzke, Pianist
COMMISSIONER | COLLABORATOR | EDUCATOR
Dr. Brianna Matzke’s dynamic pianism shows “a sense of refinement, flair, and technical prowess” (clevelandclassical.com). An avid performer and commissioner of new music, she has collaborated with many composers, including Michael Fiday, Elliot Cole, Marc Mellits, Mark Mothersbaugh, Douglas Knehans, Molly Joyce, Alexandra Du Bois, D. J. Sparr, Nate May, Tyler Eschendahl, Dylan Sheridan, Stephanie Ann Boyd, Paul Schuette, Danny Clay, Jennifer Jolley, Carrie Magin, Evan Williams, Paul Poston, Bryan Percoco, Trevor Gomes, and Lindsey Jacob. She has appeared in concert at TriBeCa New Music, ETHOS New Music, Malone University, the BOP Stop, Kendall at Oberlin, Christ Church Cathedral, Clifton Cultural Arts Center, and the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center.
Her ongoing commissioning initiative, called The Response Project, asks composers to write music for piano in response to a pre-existing artwork or idea. The project has premiered and recorded twelve new works, including five works for solo piano written in response to Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Mikrophonie I (1964) and seven works for violin+piano written in response to the phrase “on behalf”. In 2018-2019, The Response Project will premiere thirteen new works for solo piano, written in response to Bob Dylan’s 1965 album Highway 61 Revisited.
In addition to performing, Brianna is a dedicated music educator and pedagogue. A Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM), she has served on the faculties of the Cortona Sessions for New Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Interlochen Arts Camp, Wilmington College, Thomas More College, and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department. As an educator, Brianna believes in the power of music to incite positive social change, and she encourages that change by serving as on the executive board of the Ohio Music Teachers Association Southwest Division.
She holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and the University of Kansas.
Carl Vine – Piano Sonata No. 3
Paul Schuette – Puzzle Pieces (2014)
commissioned for The Response Project
a response to Stockhausen’s Mikrophonie I (1964)
for piano and live electronics