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, Pazzia Collective, 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 commissions include a new piece for the OSM's organist Jean-Willy Kunz, pianist Julia Den Boer, The Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra (Robert Spano, conductor) and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (Kent Nagano, conductor). Matthew is Composer/Collaborator-in-Residence at East Carolina University's NewMusic Initiative, 2016-2018. 


In addition to composing, Matthew maintains an avid interest in poetry and prose and has contributed original text for multiple librettos, spoken word works, choral music and song cycles, including the opera Less Truth More Telling with music by Thierry Tidrow (Den Haag and Amsterdam, 2013) produced through the Dutch National Opera and the Royal Conservatory.