meta name="keywords" content="Elizabeth Anne Carlson, scholarship, dance, performing arts, connecticut, hartford, ct, newington">
Home Application Past Winners About Elizabeth Elizabeth's Poem Events Contact Us

Our 2003 Winner: Matt DeChamplain

Pianist Matt DeChamplain grew up in Wethersfield, Connecticut. During high school Matt attended the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts studying under Jimmy Greene and Dave Santoro. He obtained his bachelors degree from the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the Hartt School in 2010 and graduated with his masters from the University of Toledo in Ohio in 2012. Matt has performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, Berks Jazz Festival, New York’s JVC Jazz Festival, the Berklee Jazz Festival, the Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center and renowned jazz clubs such as the Regatta Bar, Smalls and Yoshi’s. Matt was selected for the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program at the Kennedy Center and the Martial Solal Jazz Piano Competition in Paris, France. He has had the privilege of playing with Dave Brubeck, Javon Jackson, Jon Hendricks, Steve Davis, Nat Reeves, David Williams and Jose Feliciano. Matt has been featured on four recordings. In 2015, he and his wife vocalist Atla DeChamplain released their first collaboration together titled “Pause.” The album features a guest appearance by Jon Hendricks. Together they were featured at Dizzy's Club (Jazz at Lincoln Center, NYC) for a week long engagement. Currently Matt holds a faculty position at the Hartt School (University of Hartford). He has also taught at the Artist’s Collective, the Litchfield Jazz Camp and the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. While maintaining an active performance and teaching schedule, Matt continues to arrange and compose.

For more information and performance dates, please visit


Bowe Design