Noted for his "sharp and persuasive" playing (Jack Bowers, Jazznow.com), Max Matzen is steadily emerging as one of America's prominent trumpet artists. Dr. Matzen has performed literally all around the globe, spanning seven different countries, collaborating with internationally renowned artists. He is equally proficient in both jazz and classical genres and is an active recitalist and recording artist.
Dr. Matzen has tallied performances on some of the world's most prestigious stages and festivals. He has performed with the Eastman Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall and has also performed at the famed North Sea, Vienne and Montreaux jazz festivals. He has performed and assisted in master classes administered at the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) conferences in Toronto, New York City and New Orleans. Dr. Matzen has tallied multiple performances at the annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago, most recently with the Eastman Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Mark Scatterday in December 2009.
Dr. Matzen has made numerous appearances with various orchestras and performing artists throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. As a member of the Emerald Brass Quintet, he was a featured performer in the Frankenwald Brass Festival in Hof, Germany, in July 2009. Notable jazz artists he has performed with include Terence Blanchard, Benny Green, Slide Hampton, Antonio Hart, The Heath Brothers, Conrad Herwig, Pat Martino, Bob Mintzer, James Moody, Eddie Palmieri, Maria Schneider, Ira Sullivan and the legendary Clark Terry.
In May 2010, Dr. Matzen concluded all research for the Doctor of Musical Arts at the Eastman School of Music, where he studied trumpet with esteemed brass pedagogue James Thompson. He also holds a Master of Music in trumpet performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music and a Bachelor of Music in jazz studies from the University of North Florida.