COMMMISIONER | COLLABORATOR | EDUCATOR
Dr. Brianna Matzke's dynamic pianism shows “a sense of refinement, flair, and technical prowess” (clevelandclassical.com). An avid performer and commissioner of new music, she has collaborated with many composers, including Michael Fiday, Elliot Cole, Marc Mellits, Mark Mothersbaugh, Douglas Knehans, Molly Joyce, Alexandra du Bois, D. J. Sparr, Nate May, Tyler Eschendahl, Dylan Sheridan, Stephanie Ann Boyd, Paul Schuette, Danny Clay, Jennifer Jolley, Carrie Magin, Evan Williams, Paul Poston, Bryan Percoco, Trevor Gomes, and Lindsey Jacob. She has appeared in concert at TriBeCa New Music, ETHOS New Music, Malone University, the BOP Stop, Kendall at Oberlin, Christ Church Cathedral, Clifton Cultural Arts Center, and the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center.
Her ongoing commissioning initiative, called The Response Project, asks composers to write music for piano in response to a pre-existing artwork or idea. The project has premiered and recorded twenty-five new works, including five works for solo piano written in response to Karlheinz Stockhausen's Mikrophonie I (1964), seven works for violin+piano written in response to the phrase "on behalf", and thirteen new works for solo piano, written in response to Bob Dylan's 1964 album Highway 61 Revisited. In 2020 and 2021, The Response Project will premiere five new works for piano+percussion, written in response to the Sonic Meditations by composer Pauline Oliveros.
In addition to performing, Brianna is a dedicated music educator and pedagogue. A Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM), she serves as Assistant Professor of Music at Wilmington College. She has also served on the faculties of the Oberlin Conservatory, Cortona Sessions for New Music, Interlochen Arts Camp, Thomas More College, and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department.
She holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and the University of Kansas.
CONCERTS AND COLLABORATIONS
The Response Project Phase Four: Five new works for piano and percussion in Response to Oliveros' Sonic Meditations
The Response Project Phase Three: thirteen new works for piano in response to Bob Dylan's album Highway 61 Revisited
The Response Project Phase Two: seven new works for violin and piano in response to the phrase "on behalf"
The Response Project Phase One: five new works for piano and electronics in response to Stockhausen's Mikrophonie I
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