Pianicity now offers online piano lessons taught by Pianicity owner Matthew Mason via Zoom. Lessons are one-on-one and last 30 minutes, once a week.
–Lessons are available for any skill level, from complete beginner to very advanced.
–Mr Mason will work with you at your pace, on music you would like to play.
–Cost is $44/half hour. Registration fee is $35. There is no long term contract, lessons are month-to-month.
–Mr. Mason has 25 years of teaching experience. For a full bio, see below.
–To find out more or sign up, please call us at 713-456-9585 or email email@example.com
Matthew Mason is a Houston-based award-winning composer and pianist whose works combine high craft, rich harmony and memorable melody with an accessible and exciting rhythmic vitality.
Mr. Mason started piano lessons at the age of 10 and began writing music shortly thereafter. He received his Bachelor of Music in piano from the University of Houston, and later pursued his Masters degree in piano from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. While at USC he composed a Toccata for piano that pianist Roger Wright played to acclaim in San Antonio, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (where it was broadcast live on the radio all over Southern California), and the Hobby Center in Houston. The San Antonio Express-News called it a “jazzy work of jaw-dropping virtuosity that impressed audiences last fall.” It was also the recipient of the National Federation of Music Club’s 2001 Emil and Ruth Beyer composition award.
In 2014 Mr. Mason was commissioned by the San Antonio International Piano Competition to compose a new work for the 2016 competition. His resulting work, entitled “Bal Fantôme,” was premiered at the competition by Russian pianist Osip Nikiforov and subsequently performed by the 4 remaining finalists. As a member of the jury, Mr. Mason awarded Mr. Nikiforov the special prize of “Best Performance of the Commissioned Work.” Previous commissioned composers for SAIPC include Pulitzer Prize winners Joan Tower and Paul Moravec.
Mr. Mason has also been active in the commercial composition world, having scored short films for clients as diverse as Habitat for Humanity, Neighborhood Centers of Houston, Kemah Boardwalk, Landry’s, and many others. He has received four Telly awards for his commercial composition, including the 2016 award for his original score created for the feature length documentary about the Kuwait Oil Company, “A Ghost In The Sand.”
Recent commissions include a set of Preludes for pianist Tessa Shune, as well as a new piano concerto for the Mozart Festival Texas Orchestra in San Antonio to be premiered in July, 2022. Mr. Mason will be the soloist.