Uniquely combining the superlative technique of a classical virtuoso with his prowess in jazz, world music and free improvisation, pianist, composer and arranger Matt Herskowitz has carved out a unique and personal voice in music. Over the course of the last decade, Matt has produced a series of critically-acclaimed recordings, premiered his works in settings from New York’s Central Park to Germany’s Köln Philharmonie, collaborated with top classical, jazz and pop artists, and has performed at music festivals across the globe.
In addition to his other projects, Matt is also half of the Montreal-based piano duo, Piano Chameleons. With acclaimed jazz pianist John Roney, the duo creates unique jazz arrangements of popular classical pieces. Their victims include Bach, Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Schumann, Debussy, Grieg, Brubeck and Gershwin. Their debut album was released in October 2016 on Justin Time Records, and has received much critical praise in Canada.
Matt also records and performs with renowned Canadian violinist Lara St. John. Their first album together, Shiksa (2015, Ancalagon Records), features original compositions and arrangements based on traditional eastern European folk songs that Lara has collected throughout the years. She also commissioned Matt to compose a piece for the album, Nagilara, based on the famous Jewish folk song Hava Nagila. Shiksa has been enormously popular with both critics and audiences alike since its release in 2015. Their second album, Key of A, released this past April on Ancalagon Recores, features César Franck’s hugely popular Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano and L.V. Beethoven’s great “Kreutzer” Sonata. The duo’s fresh new interpretations of these warhorses has already received rave reviews and sparked interest from National Public Radio in the US.
A graduate of the Juilliard School in New York and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Matt is originally from Rensselaerville, New York, and has made Montreal his adopted home since 1999.