BM: CSU Long Beach
MM: University of Missouri - Kansas City Conservatory
Matthew Esguerra is a classical pianist and educator. He has given both solo and chamber music performances for some of the finest performing arts organizations such as the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and the Music Teachers National Association. He also performed in masterclasses given by world-renowned pianists such as Fabio Bidini from the Colburn School,
Arthur Greene from the University of Michigan, and Edward Wolanin from the Chopin University in Poland.
As an undergraduate at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, Esguerra was selected to perform with the University’s String Quartet in their semi-annual showcase concert, at which they played Antonín Dvořák’s Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 81. Esguerra won top prizes at annual conservatory piano scholarship competitions at the Bob Cole Conservatory as well as the Regional Honors Competitions held by the California Association of Professional Music Teachers. After only 3.5 years of college education, he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance under the tutelage of Dr. Shun-Lin Chou. Esguerra
continued his post-graduate education and earned a Master of Music from the University of Missouri—Kansas City Conservatory, where he studied with Sean Chen. As a graduate assistant, he played for the Conservatory’s ballet classes and gave numerous chamber music recitals.
Currently based in Southern California, Esguerra is in high demand as a collaborative pianist, and he regularly concertizes at his alma mater Bob Cole Conservatory, Beckman High School, and other venues. When not at the piano, Esguerra enjoys watching live concerts and often attends performances held by the Pacific Symphony. He dreams of becoming a patron for the orchestra and getting his own name engraved at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Outside the realm of music, he also enjoys fixing up his car and detailing it. That is why his hands look as if they have been marinating in grease and oil!