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Matthew McCright

Matthew McCright

  • Senior Lecturer in Piano, Music

Education & Professional History

Westminster College, BMus; University of Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music, MMus; University of Minnesota, DMA.

At Carleton since 2005.

Teaching & Research Interests

Highlights & Recent Activity

American pianist Matthew McCright has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific as piano soloist and chamber musician. He has thrilled audiences and critics alike with imaginative programming that places the greatest piano repertoire alongside the music of today’s most innovative composers. McCright currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota, teaches privately in the Twin Cities, and is a member of the piano faculty of Carleton College. He maintains an active performing schedule as one of the most sought after pianists of his generation in contemporary music. He has premiered numerous new pieces, many written for him, and has collaborated with such composers as Pauline Oliveros, Terry Riley, Augusta Read Thomas, Paul Dresher, Michael Gordon, Mary Ellen Childs, Julia Wolfe, Mark Anthony Turnage, Alvin Lucier, and Judith Lang Zaimont among many others.

An accomplished recording artist, McCright has released five solo recordings: three albums on innova Records (Second Childhood, A Waltz through Vapor, and Blender) and a 2011 release of the piano works of Gene Gutchë on Centaur Records, and a 2015 release on Albany Records of the piano music of Olivier Messiaen.

McCright’s festival participation includes Bang on a Can at MassMOCA, Printing House Festival of New Music (Dublin), Late Music Festival (UK), SEAMUS, Hampden-Sydney Chamber Music Festival, Engelbach-Hart, Kodály Institute, Perilous Night, Fringe, Bridge, Spark Festival of Electronic Music, Festival of Lakes, Seward Arts, Duquesne University’s Summer Music Institute, Music 2000, CCM Village Opening, and Minnesota Composers Alliance, as well as presented programs for the American Composers Forum across the country. He has been featured in articles in the NewMusicBox, Tutti, and Voice magazines and in radio broadcasts across the globe. He has performed in collaboration with a variety of ensembles including Ensemble 61, The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, dal niente, Wild and Wulliman, La Bonne Chanson, Intersections, Gypsy Hocket, Renegade Ensemble, Zeitgeist, Taipei Trio, Balkanicus, New Sound, New Century Piano Duo, Dixie Five, Composer’s Ensemble, Westminster Triptych, WC Jazz Ensemble, and with countless other chamber music groups. Since 2009, he regularly performs internationally with flutist Linda Chatterton.

McCright completed his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Minnesota, Master of Music Degree in Piano from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and earned his Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance, Magna Cum Laude, from Westminster College. His past teachers include Lydia Artymiw, Nancy Zipay DeSalvo, Lisa Moore, and Richard Morris. For more information please visit: www.matthewmccright.org

Courses Taught This Year

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Music

MATTHEW McCRIGHT (Piano)

American pianist Matthew McCright has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific as piano soloist and chamber musician. He has thrilled audiences and critics alike with imaginative programming that places the greatest piano repertoire alongside the music of today’s most innovative composers. McCright currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota, teaches privately in the Twin Cities, and is a member of the piano faculty of Carleton College. He maintains an active performing schedule as one of the most sought after pianists of his generation in contemporary music. He has premiered numerous new pieces, many written for him, and has collaborated with countless composers across the globe.

An accomplished recording artist, McCright has released five solo recordings: three albums on innova Records (Second Childhood, A Waltz through Vapor, and Blender) and a 2011 release of the piano works of Gene Gutchë on Centaur Records, and a 2015 release on Albany Records of the piano music of Olivier Messiaen. The recipient of numerous awards, grants, and prizes, he has performed at festivals such as Bang on a Can at MassMOCA, Printing House Festival of New Music (Dublin), Late Music Festival (UK), Hampden-Sydney Chamber Music Festival, Engelbach-Hart, Kodály Institute, Perilous Night, Fringe, Bridge, Spark Festival of Electronic Music, Seward Arts, Music 2000, CCM Village Opening, and Minnesota Composers Alliance. McCright completed his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Minnesota, Master of Music Degree in Piano from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and earned his Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance, Magna Cum Laude, from Westminster College. His past teachers include Lydia Artymiw, Nancy Zipay DeSalvo, Lisa Moore, and Richard Morris. For more information please visit: www.matthewmccright.org

Profile updated September 7, 2015

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