Matthew Struthers, Piano, Jazz Piano 

BM - Snow College
MM - Berklee College of Music, Valencia Spain

Biography

Matthew has been involved with music his entire life, starting with a piano career which has been ongoing for over 15 years. He received his Masters of Music in Contemporary Performance (Production Concentration) from Berklee College of Music, in Valencia Spain, and a Bachelors in Music with emphasis in Commercial Music from Snow College.

He is also a self-taught guitarist, active songwriter, and transcriber. These experiences have led him to be able to enjoy many different opportunities including performing with Josh Groban, Gary Willis, Victor Mendoza, We Don’t Sleep Quartet, Carl Allen, Josh Wheatley, and Jon Schmidt. 

During his time at Berklee, Matthew had the wonderful opportunity to record a session with Patrice Rushen, covering Jaco Pastorius’ Come On, Come Over. In 2017, he began working as editor for LA East Studios, splicing music into various lengths for commercial spots, and promos. In 2018, he began working on a 3 track Funk Fusion album to be released in 2019. He has also worked as a composer for the 2015 documentary To The Moon and Back, as well as the soon to be released Fatal Distraction with director and producer Susan Morgan Cooper.

Matthew is an exceptional keyboard player with experience playing Rhodes, Hammond Organs, Clavichord, and various analog and digital synthesizers. He is also very well versed in many different styles, including R&B, Jazz, Funk, Fusion, and Rock. His main influences include Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, and Monty Alexander. Other influences include the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Michael Jackson.

 

Teachers

Polo Ortí, Mel Shore, Dr. Trent Hanna, Dr. Amber Yiu-Hsuan Liao, Lawrence Gee

 

Professional Affiliations and Activities 

Bethel University - Instructor of Music Technology and Recording Arts

 

Awards

Maestro Award - Atlanta Jazz Festival
Honorable Mention - Great American Song Contest

 

Past orchestras/festivals

Rhapsody In Blue - Snow College Wind Ensemble
Josh Groban Las Vegas (Background Vocals)
Discover 3 - Performance with Gary Willis
We Shall Overcome - Performance with Guitarist Jamie Glaser