Eastman School of Music
Home town: Horseshoe Bay, TX
With a tone and approach entrancing from the outset, (New York Concert Review, Inc.) Matthew Figel is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music, where he studies with Marina Lomazov and Joseph Rackers.
A previous student of Nelita True, Matthew has won top prizes in the Rosalyn Tureck International Bach Competition, Harold Protsman Classical Period Competition, and the Eastman Concerto Competition. While at Eastman, his commitment to chamber music has been recognized since he has received the John Celentano Award for Excellence in Chamber Music and was named the first recipient of the Verdehr Trio Award.
Matthew has performed in masterclasses instructed by Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode, Simone Dinnerstein, Paul Lewis, Pascal Rogã, and Emanuel Ax. A fellow at the 2022 Gilmore Piano Festival, Matthew previously served as the Artist-in-Residence at Valley Manor, where he performed monthly recitals for the community of Rochester, New York.