Described by The New York Times as “a sensitive player”, pianist Matthew Hagle is dedicated to exploring the boundaries of the piano repertoire, integrating newer repertoire and lesser-known older works with the traditional canon. He and violinist Rachel Barton Pine, have released two CDs on the Cedille label, and given recitals in North and South America. His piano duo performances with his wife, Mio Isoda-Hagle are always highlights of the annual Chicago Duo Piano Festival.
Mr. Hagle has been heard in the United States at the National Gallery of Art and the Supreme Court as well as internationally. He can be heard performing locally at the Ravinia Festival, Symphony Center, the Chicago Cultural Center, and radio station WFMT. Clavier Magazine has praised the “rare clarity and sweetness” of his playing, and the Springfield (MA) Republican has remarked that he “played with unaffected brilliance and profound understanding”.
He is currently on the faculty of the Music Institute of Chicago, where he is director of the musicianship program. Previously, he taught at Notre Dame, Elmhurst College and the International Institute for Young Musicians. His own studies were with Robert Weirich, Donald Currier, Claude Frank and Maria Curcio Diamand. A comfortable speaker, Hagle likes to draw connections between very new and older music, and between music and other art forms. In his spare time he reads, spends time with his family, and fails to learn Japanese.