Matthew Kern began playing the piano at the age of three. Originally from the Washington D.C. area, he is now based out of Portland Oregon. One of the Northwest's most recognizable and popular young musicians, Matthew provides music for a wide variety of private parties and events and has performed at numerous local venues including Pazzo's Ristorante, the Multnomah Athletic Club, the Waverly Club, the Racket Club, the Hilton, Portland's White House, the Heathman, Benson, and Governor Hotels and many, many more. Recent charity appearances include Bettie's 360 'The Affair of the Heart' for the American Heart Association and 'For Love of Money' for Portland's hospice Our House. In December of 2007 Matthew ended a successful nine year run as the lead pianist for the flagship Nordstrom store in downtown Portland. His music has been described as 'ostentatious,' 'wildly romantic,' and 'wonderful' by The Oregonian. Matthew's first CD 'afterhours' is a romantic collection of songs that showcase Matthew's unique blend of technical versatility and emotional intimacy. The selections range from jazz standards such as 'If I Had You' to songs by Elton John and Sting right up to a haunting rendition of the Norah Jones hit 'Don't Know Why.' His second CD 'Christmas Present' is a beautiful collection of holiday favorites that captures both the joy and the melancholy of the season. Both cds are both relaxing yet compelling and reveal new pleasures with repeated listenings.