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Matthew Bennett

Matthew Bennett is a seventh-grader from White Bear Lake, MN. This summer he traveled to Benasque, Spain where he performed with a chamber orchestra and was awarded first prize for his performance.

Matthew started taking lessons in first grade and joined Dr. Reid Smith's Dellwood Piano Studio in third grade. He also participated in the 2013 Vincenzo Balzani Master Class in 2014 was selected as one of the Wildwood Artists Series scholarship recipients, performing at the Chautauqua Fine Arts Center that September. Matthew also attended the 2014 International Lovere Italy Festival under auspices of Smith, who was on the faculty.

The middle-schooler's prizewinning performance at the festival in Spain was with the "Beyond the Music" Chamber Orchestra with a movement of the Mozart Concerto No. 20 in D minor.

Matthew currently accompanies the St. Pius X Church high school music ministry group every week and during special Masses. He was recently selected to be a member of the 2016-2017 NE Minnesota Band Directors Association Honors Band.

In his spare time, he enjoys dirt biking (much to the chagrin of his piano teacher, added Smith), playing trumpet, camping and reading. He lives in White Bear Lake, MN with his parents Staci and Wayne Bennett and three siblings.

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