Matt Peterson - Pianist

Jazz Piano from Warrenville, IL - Will travel up to 100 miles
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MEMBER SINCE 2012
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BOOKED 30 days ago

$100 - $1500 per event
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About
Multi-award-winning pianist Matt Peterson possesses a mastery of classical, jazz, pop, R&b, and soul. From Chopin to Frank Sinatra to Billy Joel to Stevie Wonder, Matt brings a special attention to detail and creative flair to everything he performs. He possesses a unique enthusiasm and professionalism and his encyclopedic repertoire allows him to meet the specific needs of each event and take song requests.

Matt has a Bachelor's Degree in Classical Piano from Wheaton College and a Masters Degree in Jazz Piano from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, where he studied under the Artistic Excellence Scholarship. He is the overall winner of the Ben Heppner Concerto Competition with Gershwin's Concerto in F.

At Indiana University, Matt studied with David Baker, Luke Gillespie, Steve Houghton, and others, and played in the Brent Wallarab Jazz Ensemble, the top jazz ensemble at the school. In 2013, he was invited with to perform at the Monterey Jazz Festival.

In addition to extensive classical and jazz performance experience, he has played for musical theater productions and film scores, as well as for weddings, corporate events, private parties, and receptions. Matt has played regularly at venues and restaurants in Seattle, Chicago, and Bloomington, and Los Angeles. In the summer of 2013, he played piano in the All-American Band at Disneyland under Ron McCurdy, where he played with jazz luminaries such as Gordon Goodwin, Gregg Field, Peter Erskine, Willie Murillo, John Clayton, and Wycliffe Gordon.

He currently performs with the Joffrey Ballet Company in Chicago for rehearsals, classes, and shows, where he collaborates with some of the top dancers in the country.

He currently lives in the greater Chicagoland IL area where he is an in-demand performer and educator.

He looks forward greatly to working with you!
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25+ GigMasters Bookings
Responds quickly to client requests
A GigMasters member for 5+ years
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2018!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2016!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2015!

Wedding Ceremony

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Matt was awesome! He played every song we asked for for our ceremony and cocktail hour for our wedding! Highly recommend!

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Convention

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Matt played a short concert of classical selections for an annual convention at our nonprofit organization, and many thought it was a highlight of the event. Matt is not only a superb pianist, but he is friendly and personable. We highly recommend Matt for your event! --Nancy

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Wedding Reception

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We have nothing but positive things to say about Matt. He played for 3 hours at our casual home wedding reception. Arrived early, accompanied a guest who sang Tightrope from Greatest Showman, took song requests from guests, was very pleasant to work with and is overall an outstanding pianist and musician. We would hire Matt in a heartbeat for another gathering. I may even plan one just to have him back. Thanks, Matt for adding so much to our special day!

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Celebration

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Birthday Party (Adult)

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Matt played background jazz piano at a brunch and reception for my wife’s birthday. Matt was thoughtful and responsive throughout the entire process. He arrived well ahead of everyone and blended perfectly into every aspect of the event. Everyone loved Matt’s playing. He set the mood for the event perfectly. My two daughters (vocalist and guitarist) wanted to perform one song with Matt. They were in three different cities until the morning of the event. Two weeks in advance Matt sent a flawless recording of his piece that our daughters used to rehearse separately. Their performance was great. Matt was flawless, and could not have made the process any easier.

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Matt Peterson - Pianist’s Response:

Thanks so much Brian! It was a pleasure to play for your event and help to celebrate with Gwen!

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Birthday Party (Adult)

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Matt Peterson is a true professional! We could not have hired a better pianist for our party. I am still getting texts from people saying it was the best party they have been to in years. Matt was so nice and accommodating to all our guests. He is able to play anything which was great for our youngest to oldest guests! I HIGHLY recommend Matt Peterson and will definitely be requesting him again!

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Matt Peterson - Pianist’s Response:

Thank you Angie! It was a pleasure being a part of your event!

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Wedding Ceremony

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Simply phenomenal! Matt recently performed for my wedding pre-ceremony cocktail hour and ceremony. He knew exactly what I wanted immediately and executed it flawlessly. All of the professional musicians attending my wedding were impressed. And on top of that, he was a delight to work with. I feel truly grateful to have found him, he far exceeded my high expectations. If you are considering hiring a pianist for a special event, stop right here. You have found the right person!!

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Matt Peterson - Pianist’s Response:

Thank you Kathryn! It was a beautiful wedding!

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Corporate Function

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Matt arrived early, was very polite, and provided a great atmosphere for our cocktail reception. I definitely recommend him!

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Wedding Ceremony

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We hired Matt to provide music for our wedding ceremony. He was very prompt in his replies and flexible in accommodating our requests. We asked for a jazz playlist prior to the ceremony, requested more traditional numbers during the ceremony, and pop for the recessional. Our requests included two songs he had not performed previously. Matt put together a fantastic ensemble to meet the varying needs we had for the music and arranged the new songs in a manner that was outstanding to hear. We received as much positive feedback on his work and his ensemble's work as any vendor we worked with for our wedding and would instantly hire him again in the future.

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Matt Peterson - Pianist’s Response:

Thank you Brian and Kerry and congratulations!

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Fundraiser

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Simply wonderful music. Thanks for coming out to our event.

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Matt Peterson - Pianist’s Response:

Thank you Chris!

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PAST EVENTS
FUTURE EVENTS
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2019
Oct
19
Christening
Des Plaines, IL
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
2020
Jun
6
Wedding Reception
Chicago, IL
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2019
Sep
28
Wedding Ceremony
Chicago, IL
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
2019
Aug
3
Wedding Ceremony
Aurora, IL
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
2019
Jul
21
Convention
Wheaton, IL
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2019
Jun
16
Wedding Reception
Woodstock, IL
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
2019
Jun
15
Private Party
Chicago, IL
6:30 PM - 10:30 PM
2019
Jun
14
Celebration
Rockford, IL
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
2019
May
31
Concert
Chicago, IL
5:30 PM - 5:45 PM
2019
Feb
24
Birthday Party (Adult)
Chicago, IL
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2018
Nov
20
Birthday Party (Adult)
Hinsdale, IL
7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
2018
Aug
11
Wedding Ceremony
Chicago, IL
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
2018
Jul
30
Corporate Function
Chicago, IL
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
2018
Jun
30
Wedding Ceremony
Glenview, IL
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
My Romance
Bill Evans
My Funny Valentine
Chet Baker
Don't Be Cruel
Elvis Presley
Mr. Blue Sky
ELO
Clair de Lune
Debussy
All of Me
John Legend
In the Mood
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Unforgettable
Nat King Cole
Misty
Erroll Garner
Just the Way You Are
Billy Joel
Linus & Lucy
Vince Guaraldi
Your Song
Elton John
Scenes from an Italian Restaurant
Billy Joel
Bohemian Rhapsody
Queen
At Last
Etta James
I've Got the World on a String
Frank Sinatra
Don't Stop Believin'
Journey
Maple Leaf Rag
Scott Joplin
Can't Buy me Love
Beatles
Saturday in the Park
Chicago
Let's Stay Together
Al Green
Chameleon
Herbie Hancock
Well You Needn't
Thelonious Monk
Nocturne in Eb
Chopin
Take Five
Dave Brubeck
A Thousand Years
Christina Perri
Falling Slowly
Glen Hasard & The Frames
I'm Yours
Jason Mraz
To Make you Feel my Love
Adele
Heard it Through the Grapevine
Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
Piano Man
Billy Joel
I've Got you Under my Skin
Cole Porter
Jody Grind
Horace Silver
Spain
Chick Corea
Defying Gravity
Wicked Cast
Just My Imagination
Temptations
Take the A Train
Duke Ellington
Wonderful Tonight
Eric Clapton
Blackbird
Beatles
The Girl from Ipanema
Antonio Carlos Jobim
Sir Duke
Stevie Wonder
You are the Sunshine of My Love
Stevie Wonder
My Foolish Heart
Bill Evans
A Foggy Day
George Gershwin
You are the Best Thing
Ray Lamontagne
If I Ain't Got You
Alicia Keys
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Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
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Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
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Rehearsal Dinners
Please note Matt Peterson - Pianist will also travel to Naperville, Winfield, Aurora, Eola, Fox Valley, Oak Brook, West Chicago, Wheaton, Lisle, Batavia, Carol Stream, Geneva, Glen Ellyn, Mooseheart, North Aurora, Downers Grove, Glendale Heights, Bolingbrook, Bloomingdale, Lombard, Saint Charles, Wayne, Bartlett, Montgomery, Addison, Darien, Lafox, Medinah, Roselle, Villa Park.
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