About Matt Wood
Noted for his “electrifying performance” (Andre Harrell II, Voyager), Dr. Matthew Wood (Matt) holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from Louisiana State University, where he studied with Willis Delony and prepared research on alternatively-sized piano keyboards.
He is currently finishing a second doctoral degree at LSU, a Ph.D. in musicology, studying with Blake Howe and researching the influence of religion on the piano music of Franz Liszt. Recent international performances include recitals at the 2014, 2018, and 2019 World Piano Conferences in Novi Sad, Serbia; at the V Encuentro de Pianistas in San Jose, Costa Rica in 2019; and at Erin Hall in Cape Town, South Africa in 2019.
Throughout the United States, he has performed solo recitals, chamber music, and piano concerti with orchestras. Recently, he has taught three years of music theory and aural skills at LSU, and applied piano at the University of West Florida. From 2013-2020, he taught full-time at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Louisiana’s state conservatory for high school students, as choir director, opera conductor (including conducting operas from the harpsichord), accompanist, and instructor of music theory, aural skills, class piano, and music history; some of his students there went on to attend such institutions as Curtis, Juilliard, Eastman, and Mannes.
He is a council member for the American Musicological Society, and also works professionally as an organist and harpsichordist.