Biography

Matthew Rubenstein has performed as soloist and chamber musician on four continents. He received degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His teachers have included Jerome Lowenthal, Edward Aldwell, Charles Timbrell, Constance Keene and Ian Hobson.

In 1993 Matthew Rubenstein won the Artists International Debut competition in New York City, which led to a performance at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. In 1999 he was awarded First Prize in the Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev International Competition in Radford, Virginia. In the United States Mr. Rubenstein has given recitals in Chicago (WFMT Radio), Washington, D.C. and New York City. He spent 1989-90 in São Paulo, Brazil, in order to study with the Brazilian pianist Daisy de Luca, and returned throughout the 1990s to give solo and chamber recitals in Brazil, including several performances on television in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

In 1999 Matthew Rubenstein was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study in Berlin, where he now lives and has given frequent performances. In 2009 he was invited by the German Embassy and the Goethe-Institut in the Ivory Coast to give concerts and master classes in the capital city, Abidjan. A pianist with a wide repertoire ranging from the Baroque to New Music, Matthew Rubenstein has worked frequently with prominent composers in Germany, Brazil and the United States.

The German magazine PianoNews said of Matthew Rubenstein’s recording of the complete piano works of Aribert Reimann (cpo, 2007): “With virtuosity and sensitivity, Rubenstein gives life to every note; his playing expresses a profound understanding of contemporary music.” The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany’s leading daily newspaper, praised his “vivid rendering” of the music. In 2011 Matthew Rubenstein’s second CD recording of music of the Berliner Novembergruppe (“Berlin im Licht”, Berlin Classics) appeared and was listed by the Berlin newspaper Tagesspiegel as one of its “best CDs of the summer.” Among other enthusiastic reviews, RBB-Kulturradio praised the pianist’s “stylistically sensitive, unfailingly musical and rhythmically flexible” performances.

Matthew Rubenstein’s new recording of the piano works of Heinz Tiessen under the auspices of deutschlandradio-kultur in Berlin will be released in 2015.