Matthew Dirst

29 Jun 2018


Matthew Dirst, photo courtesy of the artist.

Matthew Dirst is a conductor, harpsichordist, organist, and music pedagogue. He is founder and artistic director of Ars Lyrica Houston, an ensemble dedicated to performing music from the 17th and 18th centuries. Dirst is the first American musician to win major international prizes in both organ and harpsichord, including the American Guild of Organists’ National Young Artist Competition (1990) and the Warsaw International Harpsichord Competition (1993). Dirst’s recordings with Ars Lyrica have earned a Grammy nomination and widespread critical acclaim. Equally active as a scholar and organist, Dirst is professor of music at the Moores School of Music, University of Houston, and serves as organist at St. Philip Presbyterian Church in Houston. His book Engaging Bach: The Keyboard Legacy from Marburg to Mendelssohn was published in 2012. He holds a PhD in musicology from Stanford University. In 2018, Dirst served as a Center LOI panelist in Performance.