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Matthew Ricketts


Matthew Ricketts

Matthew Ricketts (b. 1986, British Columbia) is a Canadian composer currently based in New York City. His music often engages with text-music relationships, quotation, impersonation and ekphrasis, moving from extremes of presence and absence, clamor and quietude.

Matthew’s works have been performed internationally by ensembles and soloists including JACK Quartet, Mivos Quartet, the Fromm Players, Quatuor Bozzini, the Chiara String Quartet; vocalists Margot Rood, Ellen Wieser, Tony Arnold, Sharon Harms and Ekmeles; Yarn/Wire, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM), Wet Ink, TAK, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, Ensemble Paramirabo, Argento Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Jean-Willy Kunz, Sara Laimon and Julia Den Boer, the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra (Robert Spano, cond.), Esprit Orchestra (Alex Pauk, cond.), the Minnesota Orchestra (Osmo Vänskä, cond.) and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (Kent Nagano, cond.). Matthew was Composer-Collaborator-In-Residence at East Carolina University from 2016-2018.

Matthew is the recipient of eight 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, the 2016 Lili Boulanger Memorial Fund Prize and the 2018 Elliott Carter Memorial Fellowship from the Tanglewood Music Center.

Active as a writer as well as a composer, Matthew has published articles, reviews, poetry and libretti, and has worked closely with renowned authors and poets Lauren J. Rogener, Paul Legault and Tomson Highway on multiple collaborative projects. Other collaborative endeavors include recent works for dancer-choreographers Brendan Drake and Jennifer Nichols.

Matthew holds degrees in music composition and theory from McGill University’s Schulich School of Music (B.Mus. 2009) and Columbia University (DMA 2017). Matthew’s principle mentors include Brian Cherney, John Rea, Chris Paul Harman, George Lewis and Fred Lerdahl. He is currently a Core Lecturer at Columbia University.

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• Selected to participate in the 2019 Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute:

• Awarded the 2018 Elliott Carter Memorial Fellowship to attend the Tanglewood Music Center:

• Commissioned by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra to write a new 40-minute chamber opera (libretto by Tomson Highway) for opening concert of the 2018/2019 season:

• 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/