The New Hampshire-born pianist Matthew Odell began his studies at age 10 and has since won acclaim for performances of a wide range of repertoire as a solo recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and chamber musician. In addition to performances at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the 92nd Street Y in New York, Odell has appeared at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in Boston, Chicago, Miami, Paris, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Taipei, Taiwan, and Helsinki, Finland. He has also performed at the Aspen Music Festival, the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, Juilliard’s Focus! festival, the La Gesse Festival in Toulouse, France, Nuits musicales and Concerts du cloître in Nice, France, and the Rohm International Music Festival in Kyoto, Japan. Recent concerts include a solo recital of music by Boulez and Carter in Baltimore, a tribute to Pierre Bernac and Francis Poulenc at Lincoln Center, and a European tour with recitals in Paris, London, and Spain.
A passionate advocate for the music of our time, Odell frequently premieres work written for him. He has performed contemporary repertoire with the New Juilliard Ensemble, the AXIOM Ensemble, and the American Art Song Festival, a group he founded in 2004. In addition, he has worked with many prominent composers including Pierre Boulez, John Corigliano, Ned Rorem, Mark Adamo, Michel Merlet, and Robert Aldridge. Odell’s affinity for the music of Olivier Messiaen has been seen in a performance of his Visions de l’Amen with pianist Peter Hill. Odell has plans with Albany Records for a recording project of music by Messiaen and his students.
Odell frequently presents master classes, workshops, and lectures at professional conferences and universities throughout the U.S. and Europe. In May 2010, he graduated with a DMA from Juilliard, where he studied with Margo Garrett, Jonathan Feldman, and Brian Zeger. He also studied with Marian Hahn at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling at the Mozarteum Sommerakademie, Ann Schein at the Aspen Music Festival, and Laurence Morton at Bob Jones University.