Halo Study II for Crotales (Or Glockenspiel) + Tuned Gongs (2013) Matthew Barnson
New York Premiere November 2016.
Matthew Barnson is the composer of numerous works for orchestras, choirs, string quartets, voices, chamber ensembles, dancers, and computers.
An assistant professor of composition at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, he has received fellowships, commissions, and awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Barlow Endowment, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
His work has been performed at Carnegie Hall, the Museum of Modern Art, the Kennedy Center, the Aldeburgh Festival, the Royal Academy of Music, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, ISCM World Music Days, MATA, Wigmore Hall, Aspen, the San Francisco War Memorial and other venues throughout the United States and Europe.His album of string quartets, Sibyl Tones, was released on Tzadik in 2014. He lives in New York.
Hailed by the Aspen Times for his “soulful and technically impressive solo” at his concerto debut at the Aspen Music Festival, percussionist Matthew Lau was fascinated by the different tone colors of percussion instruments and started learning at the age of 10. Matthew is in his final year of his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Stony Brook University, studying with Eduardo Leandro. Performances include 2016 Australian Percussion Gathering, 2016 Hong Kong PAS Days of Percussion, HK New Music Ensemble Modern Academy 15/16. Venues include Zankel Hall, Symphony Space, Firehouse, Spectrum, Aspen Music Festival, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Suntory Hall, KBS Hall in Seoul. Focusing on contemporary percussion repertoire, his goal is to promote this genre of music to audiences around the globe.
Matthew is a proud endorser of Vic Firth sticks and mallets. Besides music, he is an avid knitter and freelance knit wear designer. He is a certified Level 1 Master Knitter.
For more info, visit www.matthewlaumusic.com
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