Matthew Tommasini (b.1978) has been awarded top prizes including the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize and grants from the ASCAP Foundation’s Leonard Bernstein Fund and the American Music Center’s Composer Assistance Program, among others.
Recently, he was named Finalist in the International Composition Competition Città di Udine and awarded Top Prize in the Professional Division of the Foundation for Modern Music’s Robert Avalon International Competition for Composition. His has been commissioned by organizations including the New York Youth Symphony, the Milwaukee Ballet, and the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings/Oberlin Conservatory/University of Michigan Consortium, among others. His orchestral works have been performed at the Munich Chamber Orchestra HKUST Reading Sessions, the Underwood Reading Sessions of the American Composers Orchestra and at the Riverside Reading Sessions of the Riverside Symphony, and by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, and New York Youth Symphony, among others.
His chamber works have been performed by Daedalus Quartet, Parker Quartet, Antares, violinist, Gary Levinson, and pianist, Adam Neiman, among others. His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Detroit Free Press, and South China Morning Post, and featured on Radio Television Hong Kong, TVB Pearl (Hong Kong), and WCNY (Syracuse), among others. Mr. Tommasini is Co-Founder and Composer-in-Residence of the critically-acclaimed, Connections Chamber Music Series. Currently, he lives in Hong Kong where he is Associate Artistic Director of the internationally-acclaimed composers/performers workshop, The Intimacy of Creativity, and Composer-in-Residence/Visiting Associate Professor of Music at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology where he also coordinates the HKUST Music Alive! concert series. Mr. Tommasini holds degrees in composition from the University of Michigan (DMA, MA) where he studied with Bright Sheng, William Bolcom, Michael Daugherty, and Leslie Bassett; and UCLA (BA) where he studied with Paul Chihara and Ian Krouse.