Matthew Andreini is a native Iowan and earned his BA and MM degrees in Percussion Performance from the University of Northern Iowa. His primary teachers include Randy Hogancamp, (UNI) Tommy Giampietro (UNI), and István Szabó (University of Debrecen –Debrecen, Hungary). Andreini maintains an active performance career, performing regularly with a wide variety of ensembles throughout Iowa.  In addition to his regular performing schedule, he has been a featured soloist with numerous ensembles and has performed multiple international tours throughout Europe, Central, and South America.  As a chamber musician, Matthew has recently shared the stage with groups such as the Boston Brass and the Enso String Quartet.

As an avid enthusiast of new music, Andreini plays an integral role in a collaborative new music organization known as the “Iowa/Hungary Project.” The “Iowa/Hungary Project” was founded by Matthew, along with Gabor Palotas (Hungary), to create and perform new works for percussion duo.  The Iowa/Hungary Project recently completed tours in Europe and the US showcasing new works commissioned from Iowan and Hungarian composers.

Matthew currently serves as a percussion instructor at the University of Northern Iowa where his teaching responsibilities include Applied Percussion and Percussion Ensembles.  He has previously held teaching positions at Southwestern Community College (Creston, Iowa), and Joyful Noise Drums and Percussion (West Des Moines, IA).   As a teacher, Matthew’s students have had continued success in competitions and have gone on to lead successful careers.