James Matthews 32, a native of Lakeland, Florida is a Professor of Piano at Belmont University in Nashville Tennessee. James received his Masters Degree from Belmont University and his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of West Florida. After spending his first year of college being homeless. Matthews has gone above and beyond his personal struggles and has achieved numerous prizes in piano competitions that lead to a Medal of Musical Excellence from the City of New York, after his first Carnegie Hall debut in April of 2014 James has been featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, People Magazine, Good Morning America, NPR and BBC World News and has performed solo in all of the United States in North America being known for his dramatic romantic piano music performances. In 2015 Matthews returned to Carnegie Hall for an encore performance with the music of Franz Liszt. The New York Post quotes James as being a “Rising Star” James continues to be inspirational to many with his faith based determination and love for music.
You can find James’s 2021 Romantic Music Competition Piano performance here.