Guest Piano Recital: Dr. Matthew Cataldi
Dr. Matthew Cataldi started playing the piano before he could walk, and has pursued his studies in music across the country ever since. He holds a BM in Piano Performance from Florida State University as well as MM and DM degrees in Piano Performance and Literature from Indiana University, where he studied with Brazilian-born pianist Arnaldo Cohen. Matt has enjoyed an exciting career as a performer, from his orchestral debut as a teenager playing Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto, to appearing as soloist and collaborative artist at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, as well as recording a documentary CD of Spanish and Latin American piano music accompanied by an international concert and lecture tour. In addition, he regularly programs lesser known works as well as jazz-influenced pieces, offering a distinctive concert experience that accommodates his unique interests and background. Matt has spent the last several years working in New York City as a conductor, musical director, vocal coach, arranger, and collaborative pianist. He has conducted multiple world premiere stagings of new works, played in concerts, recording sessions, and rehearsals with Tony Award winning Broadway artists, and has collaborated in educational and professional settings with leading Broadway directors, casting directors, and choreographers. He has also traveled to give concerts and lectures across the continent, and has worked with many students in guest masterclasses at universities around the country. Dr. Cataldi currently serves as Director of Piano Studies and Assistant Professor of Piano at Radford University. He has previously held positions at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and Steinhardt Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, and has served as Assistant Program Coordinator and Associate Instructor for the Secondary Piano Program at Indiana University.