Born in Australia, Matthew Sheens began playing the piano at age 4.
In 2009 Matthew became the first Australian to win a Downbeat Magazine Student Award (best soloist category) and received a scholarship to pursue his Masters in Jazz Performance at the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA, studying with Fred Hersch and Jason Moran. In the same he received prestigious scholarships, including the Dame Ruby Litchfield Scholarship (South Australian Youth Arts Board) and the Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant (Victoria) to assist his pursuit of music in the USA.
In 2011, Matthew moved to New York City where he is currently engaged in a number of projects as a pianist and composer.
Sheens is a fine pianist capable of swinging solos and introspective moods, and his compositions show a high level of ability. – The Australian
This is probably the first album in Jazz based on clouds – Cloudappreciationsociety.org
HIT – Coleursjazz.fr
Australia does not have the reputation of being a stronghold of world jazz. This could change with the emergence of Matthew Sheens – Citizenjazz
It eases in with an almost stately air, then abruptly breaks into rhythmic careening like lightning suddenly shooting through the stratocumulus layer. – Geno Thackara, All About Jazz