For Immediate Release
Date: Sept. 6, 2019
Contact: Tom McGuire, Director of Media Relations/Content Strategy
Written By: Kelsey Weaver, Communications Assistant
Bloomsburg University to present pianist Matthew Bengtson for a free performance on fortepiano
BLOOMSBURG—Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania will present Matthew Bengtson to perform a recital on fortepiano on Monday, Sept. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. This event is free and open to the public. The fortepiano is the earliest version of the modern piano.
Bengtson possesses a unique combination of musical talents, ranging from pianist, fortepianist, and harpsichordist, to composer, analyst, and scholar of performance practice. He commands a diverse collection of contemporary and rarely performed music, ranging from Byrd and Ligeti and numerous contemporary composers. Bengtson will perform “Copy of 1785 Anton Walter piano by Gerard Tuinman, Utrecht,” which features work from Hayden, Bach, and Mozart.
Bengtson studied piano performance as a Harvard undergraduate and earned his MM and DMA degrees in piano performance at the Peabody Conservatory. He also studied harpsichord and fortepiano at Cornell University. Though best known as an interpreter of the music of Scriabin and Szymanowski, Bengtson is renowned for his recordings, which can be heard on the Romeo, Arabesque, Griffin Renaissance, Albany, and Navona record labels.
Bengtson is currently an assistant professor of piano literature at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance, where he also teaches studio piano and fortepiano.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,700 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.