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Matthew Ricketts


Matthew Ricketts

Matthew Ricketts is a Canadian composer. A graduate of McGill University’s Schulich School of Music (B.Mus. 2009) and Columbia University (DMA 2017), Matthew has studied with Brian Cherney, John Rea, Chris Paul Harman, George Lewis and Fred Lerdahl. His music has been featured on festivals and concerts across North America and in Europe, including Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Nebraska, New York, Austin, Aspen, Boston and Paris. Matthew is a the recipient of 8 prizes in the SOCAN Foundation’s Awards for Young Composers, a 2013 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, the 2015 Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award, the 2016 Mivos/Kanter Prize, the 2016 Jacob Druckman Prize from the Aspen Music Festival and the 2016 Lili Boulanger Memorial Fund Prize.

Matthew’s music has been performed by JACK Quartet, Quatuor Bozzini, Mivos Quartet, The Chiara String Quartet, sopranos Margot Rood, Ellen Wieser, Tony Arnold and Sharon Harms, Yarn/Wire, the Esprit Orchestra, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM), Wet Ink, TAK, The Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, The Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra (Robert Spano, conductor), Jean-Willy Kunz, Pazzia Collective, Julia Den Boer, Sara Laimon, The Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, Ensemble Paramirabo, Argento Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Ekmeles and many talented performers of his own generation.

Recent festivals include Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne's 2014 FORUM in Montreal, the 2015 Wellesley Composers Conference and a fellowship at the 2016 Aspen Music Festival; upcoming festivals include a fellowship at the 2018 Tanglewood Music Festival. Recent and upcoming projects include new orchestral works with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (Kent Nagano, conductor) and the Esprit Orchestra (Alex Pauk, conductor) in addition to chamber music featuring soprano Christie Finn to premiere in Stuttgart. Matthew is currently collaborating with renowned writer and playwright Tomson Highway on a multilingual chamber opera to be premiered by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Matthew is Composer/Collaborator-in-Residence at East Carolina University's NewMusic Initiative, 2016-2018. 

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• Awarded the 2017 Lili Boulanger Memorial Fund Prize: https://www.umb.edu/lili_boulanger/current_winner

• Premiere of Unset (Talea Ensemble and Sharon Harms, soprano)
May 1st 2017: http://music.columbia.edu/events/columbia-composers-concert-with-the-talea-ensemble

• US premiere of Burrowed Time (Ensemble Échappé, Jeffrey Milarsky, cond.)
May 4th 2017: http://www.ensemble-echappe.com/events-201617

• Premiere of Highest Light, commissioned by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (Jean-Willy Kunz, organist-in-residence)
May 6th 2017: http://www.osm.ca/en/concerts/organ-and-space/

• US Premiere of Song Cycle, original version for soprano, recorders and viola (Tony Arnold, soprano)
May 14th 2017: http://www.newschool.edu/mannes/schneider-concerts/

• Mivos Quartet performs In Partial View in NYC
May 26th 2017: http://www.mivosquartet.com/events

• Julia Den Boer performs Melodia (for solo piano) in Paris
July 10th 2017: http://music.columbia.edu/events/julia-den-boer-performs-piano-works-by-columbia-composers

• Premiere of Melodia (Concerto for Piano and Orchestra), commissioned by The Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra (Robert Spano, conductor)
August 9th 2017: https://www.aspenmusicfestival.com/events/calendar/aspen-philharmonic-orchestra25/

• Mivos Quartet performs In Partial View in Columbus, OH
October 10th 2017: https://wexarts.org/performing-arts/mivos-quartet

• Canadian Premiere of Melodia (Sara Laimon, piano)
November 18th 2017: https://allevents.in/montreal/celebrating-canada-canadian-music-days/1570842676309723

• Premiere of Blood Line, commissioned by The Montreal Symphony Orchestra (Kent Nagano, conductor)
December 5th, 7th, 10th 2017: http://www.osm.ca/en/concerts/kavakos-and-mendelssohn/

• Mivos Quartet performs In Partial View in Suzhou, China
December 22-23rd 2017: https://www.mivosquartet.com/events/

• Land's End Ensemble (featuring Robert Aitken, flute) performs Graffiti Songs in Toronto
February 4th 2018: http://www.newmusicconcerts.com/styled/page10/index.html

• Premiere of Lilt, commissioned by The Esprit Orchestra (Alex Pauk, conductor) and dancer (Jennifer Nichols)
February 11th 2018: https://www.espritorchestra.com/concert-tickets/concert/plug-in/

• Mivos Quartet performs In Partial View in NYC
April 10th 2018: https://metropolisensemble.org/all-events/mivos-april

• Premiere of Méloscuro (Piano Concerto No. 2), East Carolina Symphony Orchestra (Jorge Richter, conductor) featuring Keiko Sekino
April 14-15th 2018: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cfac/music/newmusic/

• The Montreal Symphony Orchestra announces its 85th season, featuring a new chamber opera (libretto by Tomson Highway):

• Premiere of Second Ocean (text by Paul Legault, after Apollinaire), commissioned by Christie Finn, Stuttgart
June 17th 2018: http://noise-bridge.com/