One of the greatest piano teachers of the twentieth century,
Matthay is the foremost piano teacher Britain has produced. In his lifetime,
Matthay trained scores of famous pianists, including Dame Myra Hess,
Dame Moura Lympany, Sir Clifford Curzon, York Bowen, and Harriet Cohen.
Throughout the world, his revolutionary teaching principles were
communicated to thousands more by his books, including The
Act of Touch (1903), Musical Interpretation (1912), and The Visible and Invisible
(1932). For nearly 50 years, he taught at London's Royal Academy of
Music, and for over 40, at his own school, which became a magnet for
countless numbers of pianists and teachers who established successful
careers in countries the world over—especially America.
The annual Matthay Festivals are designed to offer participants direct and concentrated access to the Matthay teaching principles as they apply at all levels, including that of the performing artist. Daytime sessions include lectures, demonstrations, performances, and master classes, and a recital is heard each evening. The year 2017 marks the sixtieth annual gathering. Previous Matthay Festivals have taken place at many locations throughout North America, including the Philips Academy at Andover, Massachusetts, the University of Maryland, the University of Central Florida, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, San Jose State University, Williams College, Pennsylvania State University, the University of South Carolina, Wittenberg University, the University of Kansas, Columbus State University, the University of Richmond, East Carolina University, Union University, Western Carolina University, Texas Wesleyan University, and the Eastman School of Music.
The sessions will conclude with a panel discussion moderated by former AMA president STEPHEN SIEK, in which all of these experts will share their insights about where the piano building industry is headed, what challenges it faces in the future, and what facts serious pianists and teachers might benefit from knowing.
Festival attendees who plan to arrive by Tuesday evening, June 13, may wish to join the special tour of MIM, which will leave from the Tempe Graduate at mid-morning on Wednesday, June 14, and is open to all who indicate their preference on the registration form. The form may be found by clicking on the registration link at the bottom of this page.
All evening recitals at this year's Matthay Festival will be held in the beautiful Katzin Concert Hall (lower left), an acoustically perfect 350-seat hall which opens onto a beautiful fountain courtyard. It boasts a video and projection booth capable of making audio and video recordings, as well as a state-of-the-art digital system designed to stream concerts live on the web. It also houses both an American and a Hamburg Steinway D, as well as an Imperial Boesendorfer. Each winter, Katzin is home to the Avanti Steinway Festival and Competition, and in alternate years, ASU hosts the International Boesendorfer-Yamaha Competition. The daytime sessions will take place in the ASU Recital Hall (lower right), located on the fifth floor of the School of Music, an intimate 125-seat facility that opens onto a rooftop courtyard. The semi-circular design of this hall provides a warm atmosphere, and acoustics suitable for solo and chamber performances. It also houses a beautiful new Hamburg B Steinway.
The Normal Diner (middle left), which serves gourmet breakfasts and lunches, is just off the hotel lobby, and later in the day, guests may enjoy dining, relaxing, and socializing at the Tapacubo, a Mexican cantina serving lunch and dinner, with a rooftop bar (lower right) overlooking the ASU campus. If the weather should turn uncomfortably warm, guests need not worry about walking the short distance to the Music building, since they will also have access to the Orbit complimentary bus system. The Orbit's air-conditioned Jupiter line passes directly in front of the hotel every 15 minutes, and the rides are free of charge.
This year's banquet will also take place at the Graduate on Saturday, June 17, with a cash bar opening at 6 pm, followed by dinner at 6:30, an all-inclusive buffet featuring chicken and vegetarian options for a price of $32. Please click on the registration link at the bottom of this page to reserve seating.