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Autism Acceptance Stories: Musician Matt SavageScreen Shot 2021-04-13 at 3.44.54 PM.png

As a toddler, Matt Savage was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), a "high-functioning" autism spectrum. During his early childhood, he disliked any kind of noise, including music. However, this aversion slowly turned to passion when Matt began teaching himself to read piano music at age six.

Soon after, he would discover his love for jazz. At just seven, Matt began studying at the New England Conservatory of Music and released his first solo album in collaboration with the school later that year.

Now 28, Matt's list of accomplishments includes playing alongside stars like Chick Corea, Chaka Khan, Jimmy Heath, and many others. He is the youngest person to be signed as a Bosendorfer piano artist and the youngest performer to have played at New York's legendary jazz club, Blue Note. Matt has recorded thirteen albums as a leader and one as a collaborator, and he has composed and recorded the score for a full-length documentary.

The world of music welcomed Matt with open arms, embracing and fully acknowledging his talents and abilities. He has garnered the respect of so many, becoming a great inspiration to those on the spectrum; his story truly encompasses the meaning of autism acceptance. We hope this story has inspired you as it has us and that you will continue on this journey of Autism acceptance with us. Learn more about Matt Savage's music at, and check out some of his wonderful performances on his YouTube channel.