Born in Chicago, IL, Matthew Kaminski has been playing the Hammond Organ since he was five years old. Studying under Chicago jazz pianist Gordon James in his teens, Matthew was accepted into the University of Arizona’s jazz studies department as a jazz pianist. There, he studied jazz with Dr. Jeffrey Haskell and Mike Eckroth, and played in the jazz ensemble and combos as well as studying classical piano with Dr. Suzanne Knosp. Matthew also attended master classes by Wynton Marsalis and Kitty Margolis, and performed with vibraphonists/marimba musicians Dave Samuels and Dave Friedman.
Transferring to Georgia State University in 1998, Matthew studied jazz and classical piano with Dr. Geoffrey Haydon and was the principle pianist in the Georgia State Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combos, and also performed with the Jazz Choir and Wind Ensemble. There, he had the pleasure of attending master classes by Lynne Arialle, Phil Markowitz, Greg Abate, and performed with Conrad Herwig and Scott Wendholt. In May of 2000, Matthew graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Music degree with an emphasis on Jazz Studies and was the recipient of the 'Friends of Rick Bell' Jazz Scholarship.
In January of 2008, Matthew returned to G.S.U. to pursue a Master of Music degree, studying jazz piano with Kevin Bales. That April, the Georgia State Jazz Ensemble with Matthew on the piano, performed with jazz legend Jimmy Heath. In November of 2008, Matthew, continuing his education, attended a master class by trumpeter/arranger Michael Mossman, and in April of 2009, Matthew performed with jazz trumpeter Jon Faddis. In the fall of 2009, Matthew attended master classes by bassist Eddie Gomez and saxophonist Bob Reynolds. He also had the fortune of studying with organist Scott Giddens.