the 66th annual

Pepperdine University
Malibu, California
June 12-15, 2024

focusing on

"Matthay and Changing Times"

"If we are impressionable—and we cannot be artists unless we are—we find that things in Nature and in Humanity around us impress us strongly, in various ways, and arouse in us vivid feelings, or moods. Now, the purpose of Art, whatever its form, is primarily and mainly the expression of Moods and Feelings, thus engendered."

—Tobias Matthay, Musical Interpretation (1912)

TOBIAS MATTHAY (1858-1945) taught at London's Royal Academy of Music (shown at left) for over 50 years, and during that time he witnessed vast changes in the European musical landscape. As a teenager, he had been a student of William Sterndale Bennett and Arthur Sullivan, and by the time he died, he was an intimate friend of Adrian Boult and Sir Thomas Beecham. Matthay was the foremost piano teacher Britain has produced, and in his lifetime, he trained scores of famous pianists, including Dame Myra Hess, Dame Moura Lympany, Sir Clifford Curzon, York Bowen, and Harriet Cohen. But because he was as devoted to the art of composition as he was to the piano, he strongly encouraged all of his students to compose and to be awake to the newest styles and trends.

In May of 1895, Matthay performed a new composition at London's Queen's Hall—a Prelude in C-sharp minor—by a then virtually unknown Sergei Rachmaninoff (lower left). And over 45 years later, he began coaching his young pupil Moura Lympany as she prepared the composer's complete set of 24 Preludes for their first commercial release on the Decca label. In commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the composer's birth, the year 2023 has brought forth new scholarship and many fresh performances, and this June, the Matthay Festival will feature duo-pianists JOCELYN CHANG and PHILLIP YOUNG in both of the composer's two-piano Suites, as well as a complete survey of his four-hand works. In addition, pianist and scholar STEPHEN SIEK will offer a lecture-recital entitled "The Americanization of Sergei Rachmaninoff."

Honoring Three of the World's Greatest Teachers

The American Matthay Association is privileged this year to feature three of our most distinguished members, pianists and teachers who have been acclaimed throughout the world and who bring a lifetime of insights and wisdom to our art. Our Keynote Speaker will be the esteemed pianist, teacher, and scholar STEWART GORDON (pictured at right), and we will also be joined by Mme AIKO ONISHI (pictured at left), who will share her thoughts on a lifetime of teaching. For over a quarter of a century, her book Pianism (pictured below at left) has met with unqualified praise by artists, teachers, and scholars. Dr. Gordon will deliver two presentations, one shared from the numerous insights he has offered as a professor at the University of Southern California as part of the University's DEI Intitiative. He will address the keyboard literature of many neglected composers, some of African descent, composers of Latin American countries, from Asian countries, and moving through composers from Turkey, Australia, Panama, Middle-Europe, Nordic Countries, South American and Caribbean composers. Dr. Gordon will also offer an exploration of his widely praised Beethoven's 32 Piano Sonatas: A Handbook for Performers, (OUP, 2017) (pictured below at right), highly acclaimed for the historical insights and practical instructional tools he offers for interpreting the Sonatas. In addition, we are honored to welcome the wonderful JOHN PERRY, a name known throughout the world for over six decades, as he shares some "Observations and Reminiscences." The aggregate wisdom shared by these great master teachers promises to make this an especially exciting event.

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, a master class with this year's CLARA WELLS FINALISTS, and a recital is heard each evening. The year 2024 marks the sixty-sixth 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, the University of South Carolina, Wittenberg University, the University of Kansas, the University of Richmond, East Carolina University, Union University, Western Carolina University, Texas Wesleyan University, the Eastman School of Music, Arizona State University, the University of Alabama, The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania State University.

(Please click on the cover images of the books to be taken to their Amazon sites)

Featured Recitalists


will be our featured guest artist. The winner of the 1987 Naumburg International Piano Competition at Carnegie Hall, he continues to tour internationally as recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Highlights in the U.S. include performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Seattle, and Detroit Symphonies (he has a repertoire of more than 100 works for piano and orchestra). In addition to recitals in virtually every U.S. state, he has appeared overseas at the Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, as well as major venues in China, Korea, and South Africa. Much sought after as a chamber musician, he regularly appears with some of the world’s finest instrumentalists and singers at festivals on four continents. He holds the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Chair at the University of Texas at Austin, and also gives an annual series of masterclasses at the Manhattan School of Music and the Glenn Gould School in Toronto. During the summers he is on the artist-faculties at the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival, and the Orford Music Academy in Quebec. Mr. Nel also frequently performs as harpsichordist and fortepianist. His recordings include four solo CDs, chamber music recordings (including the complete Beethoven and Brahms cello/piano works with Bion Tsang) , and works for piano and orchestra by Franck, Fauré, Saint-Saëns and Edward Burlingame Hill. The Johannesburg-born Anton Nel is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand, where he studied with Adolph Hallis—a pupil of Tobias Matthay—and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he worked with Béla Siki and Frank Weinstock. His website is


is the current president of the American Matthay Association for Piano. A professor emeritus of piano at Penn State, he has performed throughout the world, and recorded solo recitals for the French, German and Spanish national radios, Radio 4 Hong Kong, and America’s PBS Television. His recent projects include a comprehensive, acclaimed series of Beethoven recitals and compact discs called Piano Masterworks of Beethoven including all the 32 Sonatas and many other beloved works of the Beethoven repertoire. Recent concerto performances include Mozart’s Concerto No. 27 with the Penn’s Woods Festival Orchestra, 2023. Other recent performances include Beethoven presentations and master classes in Beijing and Zhengzhou, China. He performed a lecture-recital at the London International Piano Symposium, 2015. His critically-acclaimed recitals included Piano Entente, a series of recent-music programs presented in New York and London. His repertoire of contemporary music features dozens of works of distinguished American, British and French composers of the most recent decades, including several African-Americans and women. His workshops have included lecture- recitals on the topics of technical and musical teachings of Tobias Matthay. He was the winner of teaching awards from the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association and from Penn State’s College of Arts and Architecture. Steven Herbert Smith’s degrees include the DMA and M.Mus. from the Eastman School of Music, as well as the Artist’s Diploma from the Mozarteum of Salzburg, Austria. His artist teachers included Cécile Genhart and Kurt Neumüller. More recently he worked in Vienna with the celebrated pianist Paul Badura-Skoda regarding aspects of the Beethoven repertoire.

Celebrating Rachmaninoff with Duo-Pianists

As a special event of the 2024 Matthay Festival, the Los Angeles-based duo pianist team of JOCELYN CHANG and PHILLIP YOUNG will perform all of Sergei Rachmaninoff's two-piano and four-hand works, including both of his Suites (op. 5 and op. 14).

JOCELYN CHANG came to the United States after making her acclaimed piano concerto debut in the National Concert Hall in Taiwan, winning an array of awards, and having her performances broadcast nationally. She has appeared internationally as a guest artist and presented master classes for the Music Teachers’ Association of California, Northern Illinois University, Illinois Wesleyan University, the University of West Georgia, California State University at Fresno, InterHarmony International Music Festival in Italy, and Aletheia University in Taiwan. As an avid chamber musician, Dr. Chang has collaborated with many musicians and faculty artists of the LA Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan), and the USC Thornton School of Music. In high demand as an adjudicator for competitions, Dr. Chang has served as a judge for the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC) piano competitions.

PHILLIP YOUNG has been hailed by the Boston Globe as a “pianist of skill and fantasy.” He is a widely acclaimed soloist and chamber musician, having performed throughout the United States and at international venues in Europe, Japan, and Africa. He has appeared in such diverse venues as Stadthaus Winterthur, Switzerland, Hanjo Bohlke Aula, Namibia, the utopian arts community, Arcosanti, and the 13th century Kamakura Buddhist temple, Enkaguji. He made his New York Carnegie Hall debut with the St. Florian Piano Trio, an ensemble that has performed the complete trios of Beethoven, Brahms, and Mozart at one of Tokyo’s most prestigious recital halls, Bunkakaikan. His performances have been broadcast on NHK Television, Japan, Namibian National Radio, KUSC and KPFK in Los Angeles, and WGMS in Washington D.C.

Pepperdine University

George Pepperdine founded his namesake university in 1937 with the singular vision of cultivating a community of the highest academic standards, while fostering the faith-based traditions of Churches of Christ. He believed that higher education institutions must dedicate themselves to the total development of students and he devoted his life to that endeavor. Located in the heart of Malibu and surrounded by the rolling foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, Pepperdine's Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences overlooks the Pacific Ocean and is just minutes from the city limits of Los Angeles. Boasting 46 majors, 47 minors, 4 graduate degrees, and 8 academic divisions, Pepperdine's curriculum emphasizes the broad discovery of many disciplines, as well as a deep concentration in one area of study. Semester-long general education courses sharpen critical thinking, improve information literacy, and build a learning community.

Pepperdine's Music Department, a branch of the Fine Arts Division within the University's Seaver College, is consistently recognized among the top-ranked schools in California and the United States. Pepperdine's music students study with distinguished faculty, leading soloists, and top studio professionals, including members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Opera, and the region's other top professional musical ensembles. The University Choirs, University Orchestra, Flora Thornton Opera Program, Pickford Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Collaborative Arts, and Chamber Music groups are open to all students by audition, and provide stimulating ensemble experiences. Annual opera and musical theater productions, recitals, concerts, and masterclasses provide additional performance opportunities. Our evening recitals will occur in the 118-seat Raitt Recital Hall (pictured).

Lodging and Banquet

This year, special arrangements have been made with Pepperdine to book comfortable dorm and apartment accommodations on campus, provided the reservations are made through AMAP at our registration website,
here. Dormitory rooms are arranged in suite formation, with four bedrooms sharing a common bath and living area. A typical floorplan is shown at left and you may click on the image to enlarge it. Dormitory rooms are $40 per night.

Apartments are configured as two-bedroom units with a common bath, kitchen, and dining area, and the rate is $75 a night per bedroom. A typical floorplan is shown at right and it may also be enlarged by clicking on the image. Though neither the dorms nor the apartments have air conditioning, Malibu summer temperatures tend to average in the seventies during the day, with cool nights.

The spacious Rockwell Dining Center (pictured at left) is open to the public and charges (for all you can eat) $13.60 for breakfast, $16.40 for lunch, and $17.85 for dinner.

The beautiful Page Residential Complex (pictured at right) offers apartment-style floorplans such as the one pictured directly above.

Those in search of slightly more luxurious accommodations may wish to stay off campus at the Cambria Calabasas, located in Calabasas about a 15 to 20-minute drive north of the campus. All Cambria rooms feature free WiFi, Keurig coffee makers, mini-fridges, and 55" StayCast-Enabled TVs. The Cambria's Malibu Canyon Bar and Grill begins serving breakfast each morning at 6:30 am and offers dinner till 10 pm each evening. Though rates may be subject to change, rooms with king-sized beds may currently be booked for $220 a night, and rates are considerably lower with AAA membership and numerous other affiliations. Please inquire at the time of booking. Call (747) 293-6777.

This year's banquet will be catered by the wonderful Wood Ranch in Agoura Hills, a Malibu institution. A buffet dinner will be served on campus in a shaded patio setting, and diners may choose between Tri-tip barbecue beef, barbecue chicken, salmon, and vegetarian pasta options. There should be ample quantities so that patrons may sample all of the meat dishes, but registrants will be asked to indicate their preference(s) at the registration link below so that the caterers can better gauge the amounts they need to provide. The price is $50 per person, all inclusive.

Travel to the Malibu campus of Pepperdine University

Pictured at left, the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the largest airport serving the greater Los Angeles area. It is serviced by all major airlines, and its runways routinely accommodate over 1500 flights a day. It offers many ground transportation options as well, and all can be accessed here by clicking "Ground Transportation Rates" in the lefthand panel of the page. The average price for an Uber from LAX to Malibu is about $58.

Travelers may also want to consider the smaller, less congested Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) (pictured at right), serviced by Southwest, American, Delta, United, and several other carriers. The full range of ground transportation options from this airport may be found here, and the average price of an Uber from BUR to Malibu is about $31. Depending on traffic, both airports may be from 40 minutes to an hour away from the Pepperdine campus.

For driving directions to the Malibu campus of Pepperdine University, please click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.

For a fully searchable map of the Malibu campus, please click here.

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