Matthew Madonia is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate, under the direction of Andrzej Grabiec, at the University of Houston Moores School of Music. He has a private teaching studio, and also teaches for the Sugarland Music School in Houston. Madonia is a recitalist and currently performs with AURA, University of Houston’s premier contemporary ensemble.
Madonia is a Michuda Music Scholar and graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he made his concert debut with the Notre Dame Symphony in 2010. He was concertmaster of the Notre Dame Symphony and Opera Symphony. In 2011, he played in the Academy of Conducting Arts Orchestra at Aspen Music Festival, before beginning his studies for a Master of Music degree at the University of Louisville, under the direction of J. Patrick Rafferty. As a member of Graduate String Quartet, Madonia was awarded a teaching assistantship and was associate concertmaster of the University of Louisville Symphony Orchestra. He began his doctoral studies at the University of Alabama in 2013 where he was awarded a graduate teaching fellowship and served as co-concertmaster for the Huxford Symphony Orchestra. While in Tuscaloosa, he performed with the Capstone String Quartet. He has also performed as concertmaster of the University of Houston Moores School Symphony Orchestra and the Moores Opera Symphony.
Throughout his academic career, Madonia has performed master classes for many national and international artists and teachers, including the Tokyo String Quartet, Kronos Quartet, The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Orchestra, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Max Rabinowitz, the American String Quartet, William Preucil, Kristof Barati, Vadim Repin, and Boris Kuschnir. He was a prizewinner in the MacCauley Chamber Music Competition in 2014. He was recipient of the 2015 Garrett-Himmel Award, winning 1st prize in the String Division of the Alabama Federation of Music Clubs Collegiate Auditions.
In addition to his classical repertory, Madonia has been introduced to the world of popular music as guest performer with country music artist Clay Walker at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Biloxi Mississippi. He collaborated with Fr. Leo Patalinghug, award- winning chef, and TV/Radio host of ‘Grace Before Meals” and ‘Savoring the Faith.”
Madonia is an accomplished liturgical musician, with extensive experience as violinist, vocalist, and conductor. He was awarded a minor in liturgical music under the direction of Rev. Michael S. Driscoll, Ph.d., founding director of Notre Dame’s Master of Sacred Music program and Mr. Steve C. Warner, Director Emeritus, Notre Dame Folk Choir. Madonia, who is a tenor, studied voice with lyric soprano Linda Zoghby. He was featured on Nomad Productions ST. DOMINIC CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA CD, Randy Bolden, Director of Music and GLORIA DEI CHORALE CD. He has been praised for his natural leadership, his improvisational skill, and his knowledge of the Sacred Liturgy.
Traveling to Europe with the Interharmony Music Festival, Madonia was concertmaster of Germany’s Sulzbach-Rosenberg Interharmony Opera Symphony and Symphony Orchestra. He performed as violin soloist in both Sulzbach-Rosenberg and Arcidosso, Tuscany, Italy. In 2015, Madonia was invited to Carnegie (Weill Recital) Hall to perform in the Interharmony Concert Series, Rite of String, Part II. In August 2016, Stadt Sulzbach-Rosenberg Zeitung praised his “captivating natural virtuosity” for his performance of Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” sonata.