Dr. Matthew Hagle
MIC Piano Faculty & Director of Musicianship
Current faculty members and staff recall Matt as the student who was always helping out, staying late, stretching a bit further than expected, and as the generous person he is still known for being today. Matt studied piano with Shirley Harris for a decade at what was then the Music Center of the North Shore (Music Institute of Chicago).
Matt continued his music education at Peabody Conservatory (B.M.) and then Yale University (M.M., M.M.A., D.M.A) where received prizes in piano, accompanying, and music theory. While at Yale, he received a Fulbright Scholarship to study piano privately in London. His teachers include Claude Frank, Robert Weirich, Donald Currier and Maria Curcio Diamand.
Matt has performed extensively across the United States as well as in England, Australia and Japan. He has an active performing career and has appeared at local venues including the Ravinia Festival’s Martin Theater, Symphony Center, and the Chicago Cultural Center. You may have heard Matt on Chicago's classical radio station, 98.7 WFMT or NPR’s “Performance Today” or Minnesota Public Radio’s “St. Paul Sunday Morning.”
Matt is valued as a collaborator by many artists and since 1999, he has been the principal recital partner of violinist Rachel Barton Pine. Their CD American Virtuosa, released on the Cedille label, received many favorable reviews and reached #12 on Billboard magazine’s classical chart. He also frequently performs with members of the Chicago Symphony and as a piano duo with his wife Mio Isoda-Hagle.
Matt worked as a music educator at Elmhurst College, the University of Notre Dame, and the International Institute for Young Musicians before returning to his alma mater, the Music Institute of Chicago, in 1998. Matt is a dedicated teacher of piano, chamber music, music theory, and composition. He is also the director of the MIC's Musicianship program.