Pianist Matthew Ganong grew up in Columbia, South Carolina, and began studying the piano at the age of seven. His first teacher was John Ervin, and then he studied with Professor John Williams of the University of South Carolina from middle school through the end of high school. Mr. Ganong then attended the Peabody Conservatory where he received a Bachelor's degree in piano performance. There he studied piano with Boris Slutsky and Ellen Mack, and harpsichord with Webb Wiggins. He has also studied the pipe organ, under the guidance of Frances Webb.
He has worked since college as a professional musician in the cities of Baltimore, Chicago, and Columbia, and along the way has performed and collaborated with many fine artists and ensembles from around the world, and traveled to most of the states in the U.S., as well as to Canada, Mexico, Spain, Germany, Austria, and Japan. He has been a member of the Classical Band with violinist Daniel Heifetz, and in Chicago was a member of the chamber music society Anaphora, the pianist for Intimate Opera Chicago, Da Corneto Opera, and was the harpsichordist and pianist for the Advent Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Ganong has been an avid composer for most of his life, and greatly enjoys composing, improvising, and playing in various styles from the Renaissance to the present day.