A dedicated chamber musician from a young age, Matthew Kufchak has performed for audiences all over the world, from Vienna’s iconic St. Stephen’s Cathedral to Carnegie Hall. He was a silver medalist in the Junior Division of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and has studied under many of the great quartet musicians of the 20th century, including members of the Guarneri, Emerson, Juilliard, and Cleveland Quartets. He was featured on NPR’s “From the Top” radio and television programs, and received the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award in 2007.
As the cellist of the Cordova Quartet, Matthew performed across the United States and Canada, including a collaboration with Grammy-Award-winning jazz artists Billy Childs and Dianne Reeves, quintet performances with pianists Anton Nel and Robert McDonald, and a set at the 2015 SXSW Music Festival. The Cordova Quartet also completed a two-year residency at the University of Texas, where they studied with the Miró Quartet.
Recent projects have included performances for the Austin Camerata chamber music festival and with KINETIC, a string ensemble based in Houston. Matthew has also performed with Alkali, a string quintet that plays music ranging from pop covers to original compositions. He served as principal cellist of the Symphony Orchestra at Rice University and spent four summers at the Aspen Music Festival, where he was principal cellist of the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra and the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra.
Matthew is a committed educator. He maintains a private teaching studio and has coached ensembles at the Chamber Music Connection in Columbus, Ohio, the Preparatory Program at Rice University in Houston, Texas, and at the Austin Chamber Music Center.
Matthew earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Cello Performance at Rice University, where he studied with Desmond Hoebig and Lynn Harrell, and completed an Artist Diploma at the University of Texas at Austin with Joshua Gindele. In his free time, he enjoys photography, drinking craft beer, good wine, and attempting to brew the perfect cup of coffee. He also loves cooking with his wife Bailey and playing with his dog Mikey.