Matthew Xiong

(he/him)

INSTRUCTOR

Matthew Xiong began his piano studies at age five, astonishing his family with an early knack for music that grew beyond their living room. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the esteemed New England Conservatory of Music and continued his musical journey with a Master of Music degree from Boston University. Along the way, he had the privilege of learning from esteemed pianists Gabriel Chodos and Bruce Brubaker at the New England Conservatory, and Boaz Sharon at Boston University. He also collaborated with renowned musicians Margaret Hair, John Perry, and Robert McDonald. Matthew’s musical adventures have taken him across the United States, Europe, and Australia, performing in prestigious venues and excelling in various piano competitions.

Notably, he clinched 1st place in the Sydney National Concerto Competition with his captivating performance of Mozart’s K.466 Piano Concerto and garnered significant acclaim at the BU at Carnegie Competition for his rendition of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

With over 16 years of teaching experience, Matthew is a dedicated music educator who believes in making piano lessons both engaging and enriching. He customizes lessons to suit his students’ preferences, spanning a diverse range of genres including classical, jazz, and contemporary music.

Incorporating psychology into his teaching philosophy, Matthew underscores the profound connection between music and emotion to an, enriching students’ lives through their musical journey. Using music as a conduit, he guides students to explore their emotions and deepen their self-understanding in a supportive and encouraging environment, empowering them to cultivate their musical talents with confidence.

Birthday: November 15th

Schools Attended: New England Conservatory, Boston University

Instruments You Teach: Piano

Favorite Music to Perform: Ravel, Scriabin, Beethoven, anything from Studio Ghibli

Favorite Music to Listen to: Classical, Soul, Jazz-Funk, Electro-Swing

Something most people don’t know about you: I’ve been a video game fanatic since age 5!

Other hobbies & interests: Anime, Painting, Knitting, Hiking

Where you were born & grew up: Born and raised in Australia, where kangaroos hop and spiders could pass as dinner plates

Heroes: Carl Jung, My Piano Teachers

Practice Tips: Always make practice a game, not a chore! If it feels like a chore, get creative

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