This concert came about when a Taiwanese guitarist was unable to make it, the D'Addario Foundation had to scramble to find an American virtuoso to fill the bill. Most people spend years preparing for a NY debut in this, the most hallowed concert hall in the world, but Matt pulled it off with three days notice, and from all reports, rocked the house.
Even more remarkable for me as a teacher, I had heard that it came down to 2 main choices: both MTSU graduates! Silviu Ciulei was the other person they had contacted. Silviu told me today that Michael Newman, a prominent NYC guitarist had contacted him about a 'possible concert in NY' ... not hinting it was Carnegie Hall. The Foundation President told me she had a hard time deciding between the two. I told her to consider Silviu for next year. Silviu this weekend is competing in the Schadt Concerto Competition. God, I hope he wins it. $8000 first prize. He took 3rd last time.
I don't know if there is a higher honor for a teacher to have a student receive a standing ovation in Carnegie Hall ... save for perhaps 2 students. Next year, Silviu.
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|Matt getting ready to bring it - the Green room selfie, Carnegie Hall|
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