Instrument you teach: Piano
Do you play any other instrument in your spare time? No, but I’ve always wished that I played the cello.
Bachelor of Music: The Juilliard School
Master of Music: The Juilliard School
Where are you from? Lancaster, PA
Favorite age group to teach: Any age
Favorite style of music to teach: Classical
Favorite food: Mexican food
Favorite color: Blue
What’s your favorite musical memory? Hearing André Watts perform with my hometown orchestra when I was eight.
What do you like best about teaching music? The possibility of inspiring a lifelong passion for music.
What is your favorite composer or musician? Bach, Mozart, and Liszt
What is the first piece of music you ever learned? Hot Cross Buns
How many hours a day do you practice? Four hours
Accomplishments: Praised by the Southampton Press as “hypnotic and compelling,” American pianist Matthew Graybil has performed as a recitalist, concert soloist, and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada, and France. He made his orchestral debut at age 14 with Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and has subsequently performed with the Fort Worth Symphony and the National Chamber Players.
Highlights of Graybil’s solo career include recitals in many of the world’s music capitals, including Baltimore, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, Toronto, and Washington DC in venues such as Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, and Lincoln Center. In addition, Graybil is also an avid chamber musician, with over 100 performances to his credit. He has appeared on radio and television, including Vermont Public Radio, Connecticut Public Radio, WNYC, WQXR’s “Young Artist Showcase,” the Discovery Channel and PBS, where he was featured in the documentary entitled “Beyond the Practice Room.”
He has been a prize-winner in national and international competitions including the MTNA/Yamaha National Piano Competition, the New York Piano Competition, the National Foundation for the advancement of the Arts, the Juilliard Gina Bachauer Competition, and the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition, in which he was the only American to reach the finals.
Mr. Graybil has performed in master classes for Claude Frank, Pamela Frank, Robert Levin, Roger Muraro, Menaham Pressler, Susan Starr, and Arie Vardi and has been invited to festivals including the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Pianofest in the Hamptons, the Sarasota Music Festival, and the American Academy in Fontainebleau, France.
Graybil began his piano studies at age 6 and presented his first recital the following year. He was a pupil of Harvey Wedeen for six years and in 2009, received a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Jerome Lowenthal. Recently, he completed the Masters program at Juilliard, where he continued to work with Mr. Lowenthal as well as Matti Raekallio.