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Mark Matthews

Mark Matthews

Mark was born in Wollongong and studied piano, organ and vocals from the age of nine.
He gained his Diploma in Music with the Yamaha Music Foundation in 1988 and has received an A.Mus.Ed and A.Comp (Hons) with the Australian Society of Musicology and Composition for his album, "Music for the Heart and Soul" Opus 1.
He is a qualified honours graduate in Civil Engineering (from University of Wollongong) and currently teaches this at Wollongong TAFE.  He also teaches piano privately.  Mark is a presenter on 97.3 ABC Illawarra, where he can be heard regularly on the Saturday breakfast program.
Mark launched "Music for the Heart and Soul" Opus 1 in 2005 - a CD of original piano compositions.  This was followed with Opus 2 in 2006 and Opus 3 in 2009.
Proceeds from the CD sales of his "Music for the Heart and Soul" series go to Redkite - supporting children through cancer and this project has raised close to $29,000 to date.
In January 2010, Mark composed an entire 12 piece piano score entitled "As the Months Go By".  This was accomplished in the period of just one week and is published through Wirripang.  He is currently recording this on CD.
In July 2010, Mark was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow by Wollongong Rotary Club for his service to the community and in November he received the Wollongong Central's Top Gong Award for Community Service to Wollongong.
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