AJ Matula is a pianist, composer, and teacher living in upstate New York. He became interested in piano when he was 11 years old, and started studying the piano formally at the age of 15.
In February 2014, he started studying with Josh Wright via online lessons, as well as live masterclasses in Utah. Since that time, AJ has performed concerts in Utah and New York. He was the recipient of Josh and Lindsey Wright's annual scholarship for young musicians which afforded him the opportunity to travel to Utah for extensive lessons and performance opportunities. He was warmly received at all of the scholarship concerts he presented and received special recognition for the performance of his own compositions. AJ received first prize in 2018 Crane Concerto Competition, 1st prize in the 2016 Rachmaninoff Music Competition hosted by New Russia Cultural Center, and 2nd prize in the 2015 CDCYM Chopin Competition. In 2018, he made his orchestra debut as a soloist, performing the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s first Piano Concerto with the Crane Symphony Orchestra. He has participated in lessons and masterclasses with pianists including Douglas Humphreys, Alexandre Moutouzkine, Yong-Hi Moon, Logan Skelton, and Krystian Tkaczewski. AJ is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Piano Performance at the Crane School of Music under Francois Germain.
In addition to performing, AJ is a passionate composer. He is currently writing a piano concerto and fantasia for piano, infusing aspects of late romanticism within a contemporary idiom. He has also composed preludes, waltzes and other compositions that have been performed and recorded by pianists in the United States and in Europe.
In his spare time, Aj studies philosophy and linguistics. He is currently authoring The Musico-Linguistics Project, a series of papers demonstrating how music and language relate on a structural and expressive level.