Curriculum Vitae

2001DMA in Piano Performance with Ann ScheinPeabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University
1997MM in Piano Performance with Ann ScheinPeabody Institute
Minor in harpsichord with Webb Wiggins Peabody Institute
Fellowship in historical performance practice with Malcolm Bilson Cornell University
1996 AB (Bachelor of Arts) in Computer Science, cum laude Harvard University
1992 High school diploma, cum laude The Hill School

2016-- Assistant Professor of Piano Literature University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance
Courses in Piano Literature at undergraduate and undergraduate levels, private instruction in piano and fortepiano performance
2003-2016 College House Music Fellow in Piano University of Pennsylvania
Studio piano teaching, chamber music coaching, masterclasses and performance
2003-2016 Piano instructor Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges
1999-2016 Independent piano teacher
2011 fall Artist Lecturer in Piano Carnegie Mellon University
2002--06 Staff pianist Curtis Institute of Music
2002--05 Studio piano faculty and music theory faculty Settlement Music School (Phila.)
2000--02 Teaching Associate, Music Theory Department Peabody Institute
Graduate class in analysis of twentieth century piano literature Several sections of undergraduate form/analysis and twentieth century theory
1997--99 Teaching Assistant, Music Theory Department Peabody Institute
Assistant for undergraduate form/analysis, undergraduate twentieth century theory, graduate review and both graduate and undergraduate Baroque Counterpoint
Adjunct piano instructor Cornell University
1996 summerChess instructor for youth program M21 "Masters of the 21st Century"Cambridge, MA
1994--95 Harvard University Choir and Morning Choir Harvard University

Workshops and Presentations Given
2016 Nov Fortepiano lecture/demonstrationUniv. of Michigan SMTD
2016 Oct Guest classroom presentations on the place of the performing arts in a liberal arts environmentThe Hill School
2016 Apr 'Career Day' presentation on life of a professional musician The Hill School
2016 JanIn Brief: Life and Works of Karol SzymanowskiFlorida State Univ.
2015 OctPiano MasterclassKansas State Univ.
2015 OctPiano MasterclassJacobs Music, Philadelphia
2015 OctPiano MasterclassIthaca College School of Music
2015 Apr"Why Not Scriabin?"West Chester University of Pennsylvania, School of Music
Presentation about the career, performance and reception history of Alexander Scriabin, including theory, analysis and performance. Guest lecturer for Keyboard Literature class.
2015 MarPiano MasterclassDuquesne University
2015 Mar"Why Not Scriabin?"High Point University
Discussion of the career, performance and reception history of Alexander Scriabin, including some theoretical and analytical observations. For CMS-Mid Atlantic Chapter conference.
2014 OctPiano MasterclassDickinson College
2014 AprPeabody Composers ForumPeabody Institute
Performance and discussion of a variety of twentieth century works by Scriabin, Schoenberg, Boulez, Bolcom and Berio.
Invited by Michael Hersch
2014 AprBoulez-vous une Sonate?Hugh Hodgson School of Music, Univ. of GA
Introduction to the piano music and style of Pierre Boulez with some analytical obervations, for a graduate-level Piano Literature course.
2013Beethoven's Diabelli VariationsCarnegie Mellon University
Discussion of the Diabelli project and its history, analytical observations about the work's structure and motivic content and performance of some example passages. Presented by video conference to students in a graduate-level Piano Literature course.
2013Fortepiano DemonstrationCarnegie Mellon University
Sketch of early piano history and its significance, demonstration of its mechanism and performance of some musical examples. By video conference to graduate Piano Literature course.
2009Peabody Composers ForumPeabody Institute
Performance and discussion of a variety of twentieth century works by Boulez, Schoenberg, Ives, Hosokawa, Lachenmann, Takemitsu, Messiaen, Ligeti, Nancarrow, Carter and Berio.
Invited by Michael Hersch
2005Contemporary Piano WorkshopHarvard University
Discussion of a variety of playing techniques and notational issues in some recent music by Boulez, Berio, Ligeti and others for the Harvard Group for New Music Consultation with student composers on their piano music
2005Contemporary Piano WorkshopUniversity of the Arts (Phila.)
Demonstration and discussion of a variety of techniques used in some recent piano compositions
2005Sight-reading WorkshopUniversity of the Arts
Seminar designed for piano majors

Select Performances
JanSolo recital shared with Jose Ramos Santant: Works of Albeniz, Mompou and PonceUniv. of Michigan SMTD
JanSolo recital: Works of Ravel, Scriabin, Bolcom and ChopinUniv. of Michigan SMTD
OctSolo recital: Works of Ravel, Alkan, Scriabin and Chopin The Hill School
JanSolo recital: Works of Scriabin, including Sonatas 2, 5, 7 and 10Florida State Univ.
NovScriabin Centennial Recital, including Sonatas 2, 5, 9 and 10diMenna Center for Classical Music, New York City
Solo recital: Works of Bach and AlbenizSt. Alban's Church Staten Island
OctMidwestern Tour featuring music by Scriabin including the complete Sonatas performed in two concerts in the greater Chicago area. Tour also included music by Bach and Albeniz.
U. of Northern Iowa School of Music, World Chess Museum, St. Louis, Sandzen Gallery, Northbrook Public Library and Pianoforte Foundation, Chicago.
Solo recital: Works of Scriabin, including Sonatas 2, 5, 7 and 10Boston College
Solo recital: Works of Scriabin, including Sonatas 1, 6 and 8Ithaca College School of Music
Solo recital: Complete Scriabin Sonatas, Part TwoHaverford College
SepSolo recital: Complete Scriabin Sonatas, Part OneTemple Univ., School of Music
Recital with the Daedalus String Quartet: Schumann Piano Quintet, for Friends of Chamber Music Series, WCR Center for the ArtsReading, PA
AugSolo recital: Music of Scriabin, as part of the Forte/Piano Festival of the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard StudiesIthaca, NY
JunSolo recital: Music of Scriabin, as part of the multi-sensory festival Scriabin in the Himalayas at Thiksey Gompa Buddhist MonasteryLadakh, India
MayHarpsichord performance with Fran Berge, baroque violin and Rebecca Humphrey, baroque cello and viola da gamba. Works of Stradella, de Selma y Saleverde, Buxtehude, Scarlatti and BachLancaster, PA
AprRecital: Alexandr Scriabin: Aesthetic Utopia at the Twilight of the Russian Empire, with Rebecca Mitchell, lecturerUniversity of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
MarSolo recital: Music of Alexander ScriabinChatham University, Pittsburgh, PA
Solo recital: Music of Alexander ScriabinHigh Point University, High Point, NC
FebBrahms, First Piano Concerto, on four days notice. Ulysses James, conductorWashington Metro Philharmonic
OctRecital with John Haines-Eitzen, cello (Bach, Beethoven, Schumann and Sierra)Cornell Univ.
Performance with the Amernet String Quartet: Piano Quintet by GianniniDickinson College
AprRecital and Residency on Modernism: works of Schoenberg, Boulez, Scriabin and SzymanowskiHugh Hodgson School of Music, Univ. of Georgia
Holocaust Memorial Concert with Michal Schmidt, cello and Ruotao Mao, violin. (Bloch and Shostakovich)Cumberland County Coll., Vineland, NJ
Performance of Harbison, Song America Loves to Sing with Network for New Music, PhiladelphiaTemple Univ., Phila.
Steinway Artist Recital: works of Bach, Scriabin, Szymanowski and AlbenizChestnut Hill College, Phila.
MarRecital with John Haines-Eitzen, cello and Ariana Kim, violin (Mompou, Cassado, Albeniz, Sierra and Faure)Cornell Univ.
Recital with John Haines-Eitzen, cello and Paul Arnold, violin (Mompou, Cassado, Albeniz, Sierra and Faure)Cornell Univ.
FebRecital with the Amernet String Quartet: Piano Quintet by GianniniHaverford College
JanSolo recital: works of Bach, Scriabin and AlbenizBenjamin T. Rome School of Music, Catholic Univ.
NovSolo recitals: works of Bach and ScriabinWashington U. School of Music and Western Washington Univ. School of Music
Recitals and Residency with Blanka Bednarz, violin: works of Szymanowski and LutoslawskiLongy School of Music and Boston College
Recital with the Amernet String Quartet: Piano Quintet by GianniniDelaware Cty. Comm. College
OctAll-Scriabin piano recitalKutztown Univ.
SepBach, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, completeChurch of the Redeemer, Phila.
MaySaint-Saens, Carnival of the Animals with Charles Abramovic, piano, Peter Brye, conductorReading Youth Symphony
MarRachmaninoff, Second Piano Concerto, Jed Gaylin, conductorBay-Atlantic Symphony
JanBach, Well-Tempered Clavier Book I (20 Preludes and Fugues)Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall
OctBach, Goldberg Variations and selections from Well-Tempered Clavier Book ITriberg, Germany, Salle Molière, Lyon, France
Aug4-hands collaborative concert with Charles Abramovic: works by Satie, Schmitt, Auric and de Falla, and Stravinsky, Rite of Spring, with choreography by Ting-Yu ChenMusic at Mt. Gretna
MayRachmaninoff, Third Piano Concerto, Andrew Constantine, conductorReading Symphony Orchestra
FebSolo recital: works of Scriabin, Szymanowski, Schumann and AlbénizSteinway Society of Western Pennsylvania
DecScriabin, Piano Concerto in F# minor, Jeremy Gill, conductorDelaware County Symphony
OctTwo solo recitals. Music of Chopin, Beethoven, Fauré, Barber, Bartók, Liszt and Ravel. The second, Schumann's Davidsbündlertänze and Liszt, Sonata in B minorPro Musica Concert Series, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
AprPoulenc, Concert Champêtre for harpsichord, Andrew Constantine, conductorReading Symphony Orchestra
MarFortepiano recital: Music of JS Bach, CPE Bach, Haydn, Mozart and HaesslerGuest Artist Series, Haverford College
JanTwo solo recitals. Music of Albéniz, Mompou, Ginastera, Poncé and Chopin. (Schumann, Mendelssohn and Beethoven, Diabelli Variations)Pro Musica, San Miguel
JanSolo recital (Scriabin, Carter, Gill, Berio, Ligeti and Bach, Goldberg Variations)Market Square Concerts, Harrisburg, PA
Two solo recitals. (Scriabin, Szymanowski, Nancarrow and Ligeti and Bach, Goldberg Variations)Pro Musica, San Miguel
NovTour of North Carolina Colleges. Varied programs include works of Chopin, Scriabin, Medtner, Szymanowski, Griffes, Berio, Nancarrow and LigetiDuke University, UNC-Greensboro School of Music, DavidsonCollege and Wake Forest Univ.
Fortepiano performance of works of CPE Bach and Haydn with Steven Zohn, classical flute and Eve Miller, classical celloAmerican Philosophical Society
Guest harpsichordist and composer. My own Suite for Melomanie, and works by Matheson and MaraisMelomanie, Wilmington, DE
NovAccompanied Julianne Baird, soprano, in a lecture-recital on the history of ornamented song, on harpsichord and fortepianoPenn Humanities Forum
Bach, Goldberg Variations and Ravel, Gaspard de la NuitWeill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall
AugSolo/chamber music recital with Blanka Bednarz, violin, Works of SzymanowskiKosciuszko Foundation, Philadelphia chapter
JulySolo fortepiano recital (Reinagle, Mozart and Beethoven)US Go Congress opening ceremony, Millersville, PA
JuneBach, Goldberg VariationsFranz Liszt Museum, Budapest, Triberg, Germany, Hôtel d’Assézat, Toulouse, France
FebRecitals of contemporary music by Philadelphia composersWest Chester University, Temple Univ. and Haverford Coll.
MaySolo recital, William E. Maier Memorial Concert (Medtner, Liszt, Fauré, Ligeti and Schubert)Albright College, Reading, PA
MarSolo harpsichord/fortepiano recital (Byrd, Rameau, Bach, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven)Tri-County Concerts Association, St. Davids, PA
NovRecital of Bach, Goldberg Variations and Rachmaninoff, Cello Sonata with Dariusz Skoraczewski, celloWeill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall
JunSolo/chamber music recital with Si-Yan Darren Li, cello. Bach, Goldberg Variations and Rachmaninoff, Cello SonataChurch of San Lorenzo, Florence, Hôtel d’Assézat, Toulouse, France
MaySolo/chamber music recital "in the Jeffersonian Tradition" with Arsenia Soto, soprano (Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Schumann)Kenwood at Monticello
MarRecital sponsored by Harvard Group for New Music (Cacioppo, Berkowitz, Takemitsu, Hosokawa, Boulez, Berio and Ligeti)Paine Hall, Harvard University
FebRecitals of contemporary music by Philadelphia composersUniversity of the Arts and Haverford College
MayChopin, Cello Sonata with Dariusz Skoraczewski, celloCandlelight Series, Baltimore, MD
Feb-MarSolo and collaborative recitals with Blanka Bednarz, violin. Music of Karol Szymanowski. University of Kansas, Wichita State University, Southwestern College, Sandzen Gallery, Ft. Hays State University
FebBeethoven, Piano Concerto no. 4, Sidney Rothstein, conductorRidgefield Symphony Orchestra
DecSolo recital of works by Szymanowski, Debussy and ScriabinWeill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall
OctSolo/chamber music recital with Bin Huang, violin. Works of Szymanowski and WieniawskiPolish Embassy, Washington, DC
JuneSolo/chamber music recital with Igor Yuzefovich, violin. Works of Bach, Fauré, Scriabin, Beethoven and RavelHôtel d’Assézat, Toulouse, France
AprTwo performances of Beethoven, Piano Concerto no. 4, Sidney Rothstein, conductorReading Symphony Orchestra
DecSolo recital, works of Bartok, Brahms, Szymanowski and ProkofievBehre Piano Associates, NY City
NovSolo/chamber music with Annaliesa Place, violin (Beethoven and Schubert)Kenwood at Monticello
AprSolo recital: Beethoven, Diabelli VariationsLa Maison Francaise, Washington, DC
MarMozart Piano Concerto no. 18 in B-flat, KV456 on fortepiano, Peabody Mozart Players. Directed from keyboardPeabody Institute
NovSolo recital: Beethoven, Diabelli VariationsWeill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall
JunSolo/chamber music recital with Jennifer Yeo, piano (Beethoven, Debussy, Brahms and Schubert)Hôtel d’Assézat, Toulouse, France
AprSolo recital (Chopin and Ravel)La Maison Francaise, Washington, DC
DecSolo recital (Szymanowski, Scriabin and Ligeti)Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall
JulySolo/chamber music recital with Igor Yuzefovich, violin (Rameau and Beethoven)Castelvecchio, Verona, Italy
JuneSolo/chamber music recital with Sheng-tsung Wang, violin (Szymanowski, Scriabin, Ligeti, Beethoven)Hôtel d’Assézat, Toulouse, France
FebSolo recital of Schumann, Davidsbündlertänze and Richard Strauss's melodrama Enoch Arden with Frank Runyeon, actorStar Series, Reading, PA
MarFranz Liszt, Totentanz with Porter Eidam, conductorPottstown Symphony Orchestra
OctSolo Benefit Recital for Reading Rehabilitation Hospital (Beethoven, Schubert, Bach, Szymanowski and Scriabin)Albright College
FebSolo Recital (Bach, Scriabin, Szymanowski and Chopin)Paine Hall, Harvard University
Brahms, Piano Concerto no. 1, Sidney Rothstein, conductorReading Symphony Orchestra
AprSolo recital (Ravel, Chopin, Scriabin, Liszt)Star Series, Reading, PA
FebSolo recital (Bach, Beethoven, Scriabin, Miaskovsky, Chopin, Liszt)St. John’s Lutheran Church, Boyertown, PA
MarProkofiev, Piano Concerto no. 3, Porter Eidam, conductorPottstown Symphony Orchestra

Significant Collaborations

violinists: Joshua Bell, Jonathan Carney, Min-Young Kim, Igor Yuzefovich, Blanka Bednarz, Annaliesa Place, Paul Arnold, Ruotao Mao, Guillaume Combet, Fran Berge, Yuki Numata-Resnick
cellists: Marcy Rosen, Jeffrey Solow, Dariusz Skoraczewski, Thomas Kraines, Michal Schmidt, Rebecca Humphrey, John Koen, John Haines-Eitzen, Priscilla Lee
sopranos: Julianne Baird, Laurie Heimes
baritones: Max von Egmond, Brian Chu
flutists: ZAWA! (Claudia Anderson and Jill Felber), Michele Kelly, Kim Reighley, Cindy Anne Broz
clarinetists: Bill Kalinkos, Arne Running
pianists: Charles Abramovic, Jose Ramos Santana, Junghwa Lee, Carol Wong
orchestras: Reading Symphony Orchestra, Ridgefield (CT) Symphony Orchestra, Pottstown Symphony, Bay-Atlantic Symphony, Delaware County Symphony, Curtis Orchestra (composition reading)
composers: Ingrid Arauco, Curt Cacioppo, Luke Carlson, Morris Moshe Cotel, Daniel Dorff, Cynthia Folio, Jeremy Gill, Toshio Hosokawa, Jan Krzywicki, Robert Maggio, Allen McCullough, Larry Nelson, Jay Reise, Matthew Schreibeis, Roberto Sierra, Haskell Small, Roberto Sierra, David Bennett Thomas, Anna Weesner, Guido van der Werve
actors: Frank Runyeon
choreographers: Ting-Yu Chen, Joseph Houseal (Core of Culture)
ensembles: Trio Camille, Daedalus String Quartet, Amernet String Quartet, Tempesta di Mare, Melomanie, Ensemble Aurelio

Additional Training
2006Continuo WorkshopEastman School of Music
Studied harpsichord continuo realization in a variety of Baroque vocal and instrumental genres with Arthur Haas
2003Centre AcanthesVilleneuve-lez-Avignon, France
Studied and performed contemporary piano music under Claude Helffer, and contemporary chamber music with Mario Caroli, flute and Walter Grimmer, cello
2003Piano Pedagogy Intensive WorkshopNew England Conservatory
Seminars in piano pedagogy Directed by Marilyn Roth and Angel Ramon Rivera
2002Les Écoles d’Art AmericainesFontainebleau, France
Studied solo and chamber music with Philippe Entremont, Philippe Bianconi, Frederic Aguessy and Jay Gottlieb
1998, 2001Classical WorkshopOberlin Conservatory
Performances and masterclasses of solo music, Lieder, and fortepiano and string chamber music with David Breitman, Sanford Sylvan, Kenneth Slowik and Marilyn MacDonald, on period instruments
1998, 2001Baroque Performance InstituteOberlin Conservatory
solo and continuo performances and masterclasses on harpsichord with Webb Wiggins, Lisa Crawford, Penelope Crawford and other BPI faculty
Cornell Department of Music Cornell University
Studied historical performance practice with Malcolm Bilson and performed solo and chamber music on various fortepianos
1998Sommerakademie "Mozarteum"Salzburg, Austria
Studied contemporary and French piano music with Claude Helffer
1996, 1998, 2003Summer Institute for Contemporary Piano Performance (SICPP)New England Conservatory
Masterclasses and performances directed by Stephen Drury
1992-96Private piano study with Patricia ZanderCambridge, MA
1993, 1997Aspen Music FestivalAspen, CO
Studied piano with Herbert Stessin and Ann Schein

2015"Scriabin Piano Sonatas: Volume II"Roméo Records, Roméo 7232, CD
2011"A Harpsichord Performance: Byrd, Handel, Rameau, Bach"Arabesque Recordings, Z6818, digital download
2010"A Fortepiano Performance: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven"Arabesque Recordings, Z6817, digital download
2010"AlbAlbénizniz, Mendelssohn, Chopin: Piano Works"Roméo Records, Roméo 7280, CD
2009"Instruments of the Wilson Collection Vol. I"Griffin Renaissance Records, CD
2004"Alexander Scriabin: Six Sonatas"Roméo Records, Roméo 7232, CD
2004"B! Music of Bach, Bartok and Brahms"Private label CD
2003"Matthew Monticchio: Sonata One for Piano"Private label CD
2002"Karol Szymanowski: The Complete Mazurkas for Solo Piano"Private label CD
2013"Paths". Chamber music of David Bennett ThomasVectordisc Records 028
Duo for Cello and Piano with Jeffrey Solow
2011"Jan Krzywicki: Alchemy. Solo piano and chamber music"Albany Records, TROY1317
2011"Ingrid Arauco: Invocation. Solo Piano and Chamber Music"Albany Records, TROY1249
Envoi and Meditation: Glocken
2009"Curt Cacioppo: ITALIA"Navona Records, CD5827
Sulla Via dei Sette Ponti
2008"Johann Friedrich Fasch: Orchestral Music"Chandos, CHAN 0751
harpsichord continuo player with Baroque Orchestra "Tempesta di Mare"/td>
2005"David Bennett Thomas: Chamber Works"Capstone Records CPS-8754
Piano Sonata no. 2 (dedicated to me)
1998"Da Camera - Chamber Music of Karen Amanda Allen"Private label CD
Violin Sonata

Select Reviews

“Bengtson is a Scriabinist for the 21st century, one who embraces the interpretive objectives most valued by his contemporaries among composers, theorists and performers. ... 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 definite interpretations.”
- John Bell Young, Fanfare 38:6, July/August 2015

“... the sensuous weave of Scriabin’s visionary palette remains palpable in Bengtson’s rendition. ... The sheer color range - especially in the high-register trills and arabesques - of this rarely performed sonata [number 6] warrants the price of admission. ... We spend with Bengtson over an hour in a rarified labyrinth, infinitely and ineffably compelling.”
- Gary Lemco, Audio Audition (, March 2015

“ ... Bach has strewn this music with cliffs to increase its difficulty, and Bengtson impresses with the ease and precision with which he navigates them. ... the extraordinarily versatile Bengtson ... addresses the Goldberg Variations with a facility that is rarely achieved even in the canonic reference recordings. ... His faultless playing, at tempi that are sometimes extreme, and with an exactness in his interpretation that is very rarely heard, make us forget that all this is also a major technical feat.”
- Südkurier No. 240, Tuesday 16 October 2012, p. 29

“This rather young pianist played by heart - a remarkable feat of memory that was combined with a stupendous gift of interpretation. ... With the “Goldberg Variations,” ... the virtuosic artist raised a monument for himself.”
- Siegfried Kouba, Schwarzwälder Bote no. 240, Tuesday 16 October 2012

"Pianist Matthew Bengtson captures the explosive moments of the composition [Jan Krzywicki’s Alchemy] well, and his use of expressive timing makes the notes really tell a story." - David Pearson, "I care if you listen" blog, Dec 28, 2011

"... From the very first notes, the aptly named Evocacion, the opening section itself of Iberia, atmospherically conjures up the lazy, hazy landscapes of sun-soaked Spain, which Bengtson paints with graphic brilliance. ..."
- Byzantion, MusicWeb International, May 2011

"... He is certainly an artist to watch ... I have no qualms in recommending this CD to hear a new and interesting piano voice. Bengtson’s phrasing is exceptional; the AlbAlbénizniz pieces, in particular, are extremely good, having a warm, almost exotic quality that I find quite hypnotic. Bengtson is one of those pianists whose technique, though considerable, is not of the type that draws attention to itself, but to the music."
- Lynn Rene Bayley, in Fanfare 34:5, May/June 2011

"... There is a rich multilayered sound to the Mendelssohn Variations, where we get the clear sense that the melody is doing one thing, the middle voice another, and the punctuating bass yet another. This, along with the occasional bonus touch .. puts this account of op. 54 over all the others I’ve ever heard, including Brendel’s."
- Brent Auerbach, in American Record Guide May/June 2011

"... The pianistic highlight of the evening was Tantris the Clown. Mr. Bengtson entered into the role of a Pagliaccio as a great actor-pianist. His is a schizophrenic clown, easily shifting mood, color and character from phrase to phrase. His rendering was so compelling, that his clarity of tone and attack and rich Romantic sound could go easily unnoticed.
- Dayle van der Sande, in the Polish Music Center Newsletter

"... Bengtson performed Sonata no. 3 ("Philadelphia") in C major by Alexander Reinagle, a Philadelphia-area composer of the late 18th century, with amazing control of the technical difficulties of the piece and the instrument. ..."
- Susan L. Pena, Reading Times, May 13, 2007

"... Bengtson demonstrated his analytical side in two excruciatingly difficult Etudes by the living Transylvanian composer Gyorgy Ligeti: the first, "Desordre" had rhythmic challenges inspired by chaos theory and fractals, and the second, "Automne a Varsovie (Warsaw)" was played in three different tempos at once - a seemingly impossible feat pulled off with elan. ... Bengtson is amazing." - Susan L. Pena, Reading Times, May 14, 2006

"... Bengtson is a remarkable artist. ... Big-boned pianism, rich tonal colors, and dazzling technique are on display here. Has Scriabin ever been played better? Only Horowitz and Richter can compare to what Bengtson achieves on this disc. ... exciting music-making."

- Lawrence Budmen, American Record Guide, July/August 2005, on Scriabin Sonatas, Romeo Records 7232

"... Bengtson can caress Scriabin’s phrases in a breathtaking way ... these performances are often striking in their color. - Peter J. Rabinowitz, Fanfare July/August 2005 on Romeo 7232

"... the program’s musical high point was pianist Matthew Bengtson’s performance of Beethoven’s Concerto No. 4 in G. it was in very good hands Saturday evening. .Matthew Bengtson is a musician’s pianist - the sort of performer who eschews theatrical showmanship in favor of giving his full attention to communicating a composer’s musical thought."
- Courtenay Cauble, Ridgefield Press, February 13, 2003

"... Bengtson displayed remarkable poise, on top of a suave and craftsmanlike artistry. ... [He] played with clarity, sweetness and a light touch that suggested a fortepiano of Beethoven’s time rather than the modern Steinway grand that was actually under his fingers. ...a fine ensemble player, he also has a wonderful sense of rhythm and phrasing, fitting the piano part into the texture of the orchestra rather than dominating the piece."
- Susan L. Pena, Reading Times, April 8, 2002

"... The music’s challenges, suited to the most seasoned performers, were managed with a fine mixture of mature capability and youthful promise. ...He took in stride all of the music’s enormous technical demands and rapidly shifting stylistic changes. Rhythms were crisp, harmonies well defined, lines of counterpoint carefully balanced and distinguished."
- Joseph McLellan, Washington Post, April 23, 2001, on Beethoven, Diabelli Variations

"... Bengtson’s direct style - very natural, with no mannerisms - worked well for him in this piece, which he gave a noble and powerful reading throughout. ...he gave the long, spacious phrases all the breadth they needed. ...Technically flawless and amazingly mature."
- Susan L. Pena, Reading Times, February 12, 1996, on Brahms’s Piano Concerto no. 1 in D minor

"... he played a series of short pieces by Alexander Scriabin .. a composer for whom he has a clear affinity .. He played with great delicacy, a beautiful singing tone when called for, and a formidable left hand. He absolutely reveled in these pieces, and his delight translated into readings that communicated fully with the audience"
- Susan L. Pena, Reading Times, April 10, 1995

2015-16Contract as co-author with Lincoln Ballard and John Bell Young of The Alexander Scriabin Companion: History, Lore, and PerformanceRowman and Littlefield Press, due for publication in 2017.
2005"’The Szymanowski Clash: Harmonic Conflict and Ambiguity in the Szymanowski Mazurkas"Wanda Wilk prize winning paper awaiting publication
2005"Interpretive Questions in the Diabelli Variations"New Beethoven Forum vol. 12, Spring 2005
2004"A Pilgrimage for Scriabin"Journal of the Scriabin Society of America vol. 9 no. 1, Winter 2004-05

Awards and Accomplishments
2015Finalist for The American Prize (TAP) in solo piano performance
2013Named Steinway Artist
2003Stefan and Wanda Wilk Prize for Research in Polish MusicPolish Music Center, USC
for article "’The Szymanowski Clash’: Harmonic Conflict and Ambiguity in the Szymanowski Mazurkas"
2002, 2005, 2007, 2012-13
La Gesse Foundation FellowshipWashington, DC, Monticello, Toulouse, Triberg (Germany), Budapest, Florence, Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall
Solo and chamber music performances
2002Prix de la Ville de FontainebleauFontainebleau, France
Awarded by Philippe Entremont for performances at the summer festival
2001Lowens Award Finalist for article "’The Szymanowski Clash’: Harmonic Conflict and Ambiguity in the Szymanowski Mazurkas"American Musicological Society, Capital Chapter
2000Otto R. Stahl Memorial PrizeCornell University
1996Timothy Faron AwardAdams House, Harvard University
1994Braverman GrantAdams House, Harvard University
1992Concerto competition winnerReading Symphony Orchestra
1992Kathryn E. MacPhail Concerto Competition winnerPottstown Symphony Orchestra
1992Tri-County Concerts Youth Festival, First Place in Senior Piano

2006-2016Vice President, Board of Trustees, Artist Selection CommitteeTri-County Concerts Assosiation
2003-2012Board of Trustees and Artist SelectionLa Gesse Foundation
2004--PresidentPenn Go Society
2010-11Judge for an international competition of new solo piano compositionsAmerican Liszt Society
for the bicentennial festival "Liszt and the Future" held at the University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music

Other Significant Training and Experience

Fortepiano tuner and technician
Tuned for Baltimore Opera and Philadelphia Orchestra performances
as well as some of my own concerts and recordings

Harpsichord tuner and technician
Tuned for the Curtis Opera Theater

Professional Memberships

College Music Society
Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies
American Liszt Society
Scriabin Society of America
Phi Kappa Lambda