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World-renowned pianist Nyle Matsuoka to host masterclass for students at ISU on Feb. 13

World-renowned pianist Nyle Matsuoka to host masterclass for students at ISU on Feb. 13

Nyle Matsuoka, principal coach and pianist for the Austin Opera in Texas, will host a masterclass with Idaho State University voice majors on Feb. 13 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center’s Marshall Rotunda.

Matsuoka is an Austin-based pianist who found his niche in opera. He has worked on productions with conductors such as Richard Buckley, Steven White, Gary Wedow, and Martin Mazik, as well as singers including Samuel Ramey, Ricardo Tamura, Donnie Ray Albert, Michael Chioldi, Peter Volpe, and Karen Slack. Nyle has been featured in performances with Ginger Costa-Jackson, Marina Costa-Jackson, Michael Chioldi, Karen Slack, Sara Gartland, Matthew Treviño and Andrew Lovato.

He also served as staff pianist and faculty coach for Wichita Grand Opera’s Opera Academy of the Midwest, staff pianist with the University of Texas at Austin’s Butler Opera Center and Department of Theatre and Dance, as well as the staff pianist and coach for the Butler Opera Center Young Artist Program. He has served as music director and co-music director for a number of organizations and performs around the country.

Raised in Twin Falls, Matsuoka is also remembered in the region as having won Musician’s West Piano Competition when he was in high school in Pocatello.

“We are blessed to have a renowned pianist like Nyle teach our ISU students and the Pocatello community,” said Diana Livingston Friedley, ISU professor of voice. “His talents are truly a gift and we are beyond excited to host him.”

Matsuoka’s visit is made possible by the MONC Endowment through the College of Arts & Letters. The masterclass is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Diana Livingston Friedley at (208) 282-2611 or