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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.
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 Lincoln Center, the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture, 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.
Prior to joining the faculty at Radford University, Dr. Cataldi 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.
D.M. in Piano Performance and Literature - Indiana University
M.M. in Piano Performance - Indiana University
B.M. in Piano Performance - Florida State University
Diploma in Piano with Honors - Eastman School of Music Community Education Division