Matthew Zachary

Matthew Zachary


'Keith Jarrett meets Stephen Sondhem' best describes the unique compositional style of concert pianist and composer Matthew Zachary, a ten year survivor of pediatric brain cancer whose music delivers stressless music for a stressed out world.


Matthew Zachary has been passionate about music since he began playing the piano at age 11. The boy who was inspired by Billy Joel, Stephen Sondheim and George Gershwin spent long hours practicing and dreamed of one day performing his music for audiences around the world.

Six months shy of his college graduation, however, Matthew's faith was tested when he lost all fine motor coordination in his left hand. Diagnosed with a rare form of pediatric brain cancer, Matthew was told he might never walk, let alone play piano again.

Fighting for his life, he began writing music in his head. That music eventually became Scribblings and Every Step of The Way, two critically acclaimed and award-winning solo piano albums inspired by his experiences postdiagnosis.

Ten years, three albums and scores of concerts later, Matthew has beaten the odds and is now living the dream he had as a boy; performing his music and sharing his story with audiences around the world.

In 2004, Matthew founded Steps For Living, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that raises awareness for cancer survivorship through music and the performing arts.


Intimations, 1997
Scribblings, 1999
Every Step of the Way, 2001
Absolving Destiny, 2006

Set List

Solo piano shows available only.

Typical set list ranges from 6 to 12 songs and covers between 30 and 90 minutes of performance time with or without an intermission. Selections are performed from Matthew's catalog of music from his 4 albums and may include improvisational pieces, audience participation and a question/answer section (especially for college audiences)