Matthew B. Nielsen
In 2008, he was awarded an Oscarson Discovery Grant which enabled him to attend the NYU Broadway Percussion Seminar in New York City. At the seminar, Matt was invited to play selections from the drum set part of the "West Side Story Dance Suite" from Jerome Robbins' Broadway. His performance was presented in a master class with Jim Sapporito, drummer/percussionist for the New York Ballet, which was performing the piece at the time. Matt received excellent reviews of his performance, especially his solo work in the "Cool" movement. Matt also performed sight-reading in other master classes.