Musician Matthew Whitaker, a resident of Hackensack, NJ, is a truly gifted musician. His desire to play music began at the age of 3 when his grandfather gave him a small Yamaha keyboard. At the age of 9, Matthew began to teach himself how to play the Hammond B3 organ. At age 13, he became the youngest artist ever endorsed by Hammond Organ in its 81 year history. He was also honored to be named a Yamaha Artist at just 15 years old, becoming the youngest pianist ever to join this elite group of musicians.
Matthew studies classical piano and drums at The Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School of Lighthouse Guild for the Blind and Visually Impaired in New York City. He attends the Manhattan School of Music’s Precollege Jazz program; he’s attended The Harlem School of the Arts for piano studies in Jazz and was a member of both the Jazz House Big Band and Organ Messengers at Jazz House Kids in Montclair, NJ.
Matthew was the 1st place winner on “Showtime at the Apollo” hosted by Steve Harvey for Fox TV. He was also the opening performer for Stevie Wonder’s induction into the Apollo Theater’s Legends Hall of Fame as a 9-year-old “Amateur Night Child Stars of Tomorrow” winning participant. Matthew has been performing on stages both domestically and internationally. He’s performed before the UN Youth Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City and on the stages of the world famous Apollo Theater, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Jazz at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, all in New York City, as well as The San Francisco Jazz Center, in San Francisco, CA, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in Washington, DC, The Raymond F. Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, FL, The Ali Cultural Arts Center in Pompano Beach, FL and internationally in Vienne France, Capri Italy, Tetouan Morocco, Tokyo and Osaka, Japan.