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Pianist Matthew Hagle is a musician of great versatility and depth,whose performances are a rare mixture of musical understanding,imaginative programming, pianistic mastery and beauty of sound.
Pianist Matthew Hagle’s performances are of-ten noted for their musical understanding, imaginative programming, and beauty of sound. The New York Times has described him as “a sensitive pianist,” Clavier Magazine has praised the “rare clarity and sweetness” of his playing, and the Springfield (MA) Republican remarked he “played with unaffected brilliance and profound understanding.” Hagle lives in the Chicago area, where he has performed at local venues including the Ravinia Festival’s Martin Theatre, Symphony Center, and the Chicago Cultural Center. He has also been heard in halls throughout the United States, including at the National Gallery of Art, Symphony Space in New York, and the United States Supreme Court, and, internationally, in England, Australia, and Japan. Hagle performs frequently on radio station WFMT in Chicago, and has been heard on NPR’s Performance Today and Minnesota Public Radio’s St. Paul Sunday Morning. A valued collaborator, he has been the principal recital partner of violinist Rachel Barton Pine since 1999. He has also performed with members of the Chicago Symphony and as a piano duo with his wife, Mio Isoda-Hagle. Matthew Hagle is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory (BM) and Yale University (MM, DMA), receiving faculty prizes in piano, accompanying, and music theory as well as a Fulbright Scholarship to study privately in London. He has studied with Claude Frank, Robert Weirich, Donald Currier, and Maria Curcio Diamand. A dedicated teacher of piano, music theory, and composition, Hagle’s students have won prizes in local and national competitions. He is currently on the faculty of the Music Institute of Chicago serving as the director of the Musicianship program in addition to his teaching duties.