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Matt Pickart (Violin, Viola)

Matt Pickart Viola and Violin Instructor

Matt Pickart is in his second year of DMA studies on viola under Professor Gandelsman at Michigan State University. He holds a BM from University of Wisconsin-Madison and his MM from Duquesne University, as the last student of the late Sidney Harth, both on violin. He has played as concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Philharmonic, McKeesport Symphony Orchestra, Ripieno Chamber Orchestra, University of Wisconsin-Madison Symphony Orchestra, Duquesne University Symphony Orchestra, and the Madison Savoyards; and as principal viola of the Altoona Symphony Orchestra, Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Festival Orchestra, Duquesne University Symphony Orchestra, Michigan State University Symphony Orchestra, the International Chamber Soloists, and at Julliard’s Paul Hall with the Shirley Givens Alumni Orchestra.

Pickart has performed in a wide variety of settings all over the world, from chamber music at Carnegie Music Hall’s Weill Recital Hall to being a featured artist at Jazzstadt Stuttgart. Other highlights include performances with Barry Manilow, Bernadette Peters, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the Beatles Love Album Tribute Tour, the Premier Swingtett in Berlin, Ritmo Flamenco in Toronto, and the Swingadje Ensemble as featured soloist on three German tours. At home in many non-classical genres as well, Matt has recorded and or performed with a multitude of bands of varying styles, and is the former violinist of the Hot Club of Pittsburgh.

Matt has held several teaching posts, which include adjunct professor of violin and chamber music at Beloit College and violin, viola, and chamber music instructor at Duquesne University’s City Music Center. During the summers, he spends his time as a member of the faculty at UW-Madison's Summer Music Clinic and as assistant to the director of Interharmony International Music Festival in Germany and Italy.


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