Matthew Croft recently made his Broadway debut conducting & playing keyboard for the record-breaking “The Illusionists: Turn of the Century” at the Palace Theatre. Touring: The Producers and Guys & Dolls as Associate Conductor/Keyboards. Regional: Forever Plaid, I Love a Piano, Altar Boyz - Music Director & Keyboard, Hair – Music Director & Keyboards, You Never Know, Lysistrata Jones – Keyboards. Upcoming: I Am, I Will, Do NYMF 2017 - Music Director & Keyboard. He currently resides in Bayonne, NJ with his fiancee, a very fat cat, and a very energetic puppy.
Since 2006, Matthew has been performing as a professional pianist, music director, keyboardist, and orchestrator. Born in Los Angeles, CA and raised in Waterford, MI, Matthew began his musical instruction at the age of 7 with piano lessons. He studied throughout middle & high school with Judith Wade, and expanded his studies to include composition, music technology, collaborative piano, conducting, and music theory. After high school, he studied Music Composition & Conducting at Wayne State University under professors Kypros Markou, Gerrie Ball, James Hartway, and Gerald Custer.
Since 2006, he has played, conducted, music directed, and been a part of the music staff for over 100 shows, and music directed his first show - an Equity production of "Hair!" - at the age of 16. In early 2014, Matthew began playing as Keyboard 2/Associate MD at Meadow Brook Theatre in Auburn Hills, MI - the largest AEA regional theater in MI - playing and programming their premieres of "Lysistrata Jones" and "You Never Know". He has since music directed several shows at Meadow Brook, and is returning in January 2017 to music direct "Altar Boyz". In December 2014, Matthew was offered the Keyboard 2/Associate MD chair on the 2014-2015 national tour of "Guys & Dolls". After completing that tour, he went back on the road with the 2015-2016 national tour of "The Producers". Recently, he made his Broadway debut conducting and playing Keyboard 2 for "The Illusionists: Turn of the Century" at the Palace Theatre in Times Square. He and his fiancee currently reside in Bayonne, New Jersey.
Outside of musical theater, Matthew has an extensive background in both classical music & church music, having served as Music Director at St. Thomas Presbyterian Church for 10 years. He has appeared on both piano & percussion with the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra, the Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra, the North Oakland Concert Band, the Farmington Concert Band, and the Wayne State University Symphony Orchestra & Wind Ensemble. His compositions and arrangements have been performed by the Cork Symphony Orchestra (Ireland), Dearborn Symphony Orchestra, Wayne State Symphony Orchestra, McKeesport Symphony Orchestra, Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, and the Farmington Concert Band. His arrangements and orchestrations for the 2009 Detroit Red Wings "Stanley Cup Banner Raising Ceremony" were performed live on Fox Sports Network & the CBC by the Wayne State Symphony Orchestra. He has been active as a pianist for "The Pros" Big Band, concerts, recitals, Solo & Ensemble festivals, and various other projects since 2004.