Pianist Matthew Lorenz will make his first appearance at a Noon Hour Concert from 12:15 to 12:45 Thursday, August 5 at Calvary Lutheran Church. Matthew Lorenz is a growing artistic presence, with concert experience extending from Bismarck, ND and Hubbard, MN to France, Japan and China. He is eager to return to the stage and to bring his fierce attention and rich, exuberant sound. Though the pandemic had put a stop to his studies at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Matthew eagerly returned to Grand Forks to finish his Master’s Degree in mathematics. Though sad to set mathematics aside once again, a new energy and enthusiasm accompanies him as he plans to return to Chicago this fall. While earning undergraduate degrees at the University of North Dakota (UND), Matthew studied piano performance with Dr. Nariaki Sugiura as well as received a second degree in mathematics. Beginning piano lessons at the age of 9, he was a performer throughout high school in Fargo and won several local and state competitions. While at UND, he continued to earn his technique through performance and competition with several concerto performances with the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra, the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra and the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra. He also has received training from a wide variety of pianists, either in a master class setting at UND or elsewhere. Matthew seeks every performance, every collaboration, every commission, every student, every experience, and every challenge in his quest to hone his musical understanding. Covid guidelines will be followed and there will be no social time.