Austin Piano Festival
Matthew McLaughlin
Matthew McLaughlin pursues a multifaceted career as a performer, collaborative artist, writer, and educator.

A native of Delaware, McLaughlin began his studies at the age of 8 and was quickly recognized for his precocious abilities. He made his Orchestra Debut at the age of 15 when he was invited as a guest artist for performances of Mozart's Piano Concerto in C Major (KV467) with the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra.

As a soloist and collaborator, McLaughlin works regularly with musicians around the country. He has collaborated extensively with vocalists and instrumentalists, performing a wide range of ensemble literature. His competition victories have garnered him both solo and concerto appearances, and his performances have been broadcast on both radio and television.

As a teacher, McLaughlin has worked as a coach and instructor in venues such as the Austin Chamber Music society and as a theory instructor for gifted high school pianists at The University of Texas at Austin summer piano program. He has taught privately since the age of 15.

McLaughlin's early studies included work with Gene Yenni and Dr. Lee Mitchell (formerly of the Peabody Conservatory). He earned his BM from James Madison University where he studied under Eric Ruple, and worked extensively with Gabriel Dobner and Vicki Bernecking. He has also had extended coachings with Peter Amstutz and the renowned teacher Charles Fisher.

McLaughlin is also an alumnus of the Aspen Festival and School where he studied under Jean-David Coen. He earned his M.M. from the University of Texas at Austin, where he pursued both coursework in music theory and studied in the piano studio of renowned pianist Anton Nel as a scholarship student. He currently resides in Austin, TX where he is active as a musician and writer for pianoblog.com. Besides these activities, McLaughlin teaches piano lessons in his private studio of select award winning students and runs the McLaughlin School of Music. He also has a strong interest in coffee, tea, and coffee cherry tea.