People / Michael Matthews

Composer, conductor. Born in Gander, Newfoundland in 1950, Michael Matthews received a Bachelor of Music at California State University, Northridge (1975), a Master of Arts at California State University, Sacramento (1979), and a Doctorate of Philosophy at North Texas State University (now University of North Texas) (1982). Mathews studied composition under Larry Austin and Aurelio de la Vega and he studied conducting under Anshel Brusilow and Lawrence Christianson. Matthews is a founding director of the Manitoba Institute for Music Technology and founding director of the computer music studio in the School of Music at the University of Manitoba. He established and conducted the Winnipeg chamber ensemble Thira (1987) and established and is artistic director of the GroundSwell new music series. Matthews’ work has been performed both nationally and internationally, and he has been the recipient of numerous awards and commissions, such as a Rockefeller Foundation residency at the Bellagio Center (2000) and third prize in the du Maurier Arts Ltd. New Music Festival Canadian Composers Competition (1997). He was the first Canadian to receive a commission from the International Computer Music Association (1994). He lives and works in Winnipeg, where he is Professor of Composition and Director of the Computer Music Studio at the University of Manitoba.