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Matthew Dewey : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: Symphony No.1 : for string orchestra by Matthew Dewey, from the CD Echoes

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Matthew Dewey was born in Hobart, Tasmania in 1984. His music focuses on the expression of potent emotions through clear musical emblems and structures. He is passionately focused on film, theatre and concert music (both chamber and symphonic).

2008 saw the premiere of Dewey's Symphony No. 1 Port Arthur 1996. The work, which was commissioned by Damien Holloway for the Hobart Chamber Orchestra, explores the intense emotional effect that the 1996 Port Arthur massacre had on the Tasmanian community. In 2009 both the first symphony and the newly composed Orchestral Suite No. 1 were recorded by the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra at the Moscow Radio House.

In 2013 Dewey was commissioned by the Queensland Music Festival and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra to compose a double concerto for trumpet and clarinet. The piece, Ecstatic Visions, was premiered on July 27 2013 by James Morrison, Julian Bliss and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre Concert Hall in Brisbane.

In November 2006, Dewey's miniature for solo clarinet, Entropic Visions, was performed by Joshua Rubin from the New York Miniaturist Ensemble at the Lincoln Centre in New York. This work later informed the cadenza material of Ecstatic Visions.

Dewey's passion for dramatic music has led him to compose extensively for the theatre. He has written numerous incidental scores and a growing repertoire of chamber operas including A Priest's Passion (2004), The Death of Chatterton (2005), the largely improvised satirical opera 15 Years on Hold (2007) and, most recently, The Buzz of the Sea (2008).

Dewey studied composition under Douglas Knehans and Constantine Koukias at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music where he received the Don Kay Scholarship for Music Composition, was accepted onto the Dean's Roll of Excellence for the Arts and graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree. He also holds a Master of Music Technology degree from the University of Newcastle.

He has been the recipient of a number of grants and awards, including the Don Kay Scholarship for Music Composition, IHOS Music Theatre and Opera Young Artist Bursary, an International Arts Mentorship (funded by the Australian Foundation for Young People and Ars Musica Australis), a Buzz Grant from the Australian Council for the Arts, Individual Artist Grants (Arts Tasmania) and an Arts Bridge International grant.

As a singer/actor, Dewey has been a principal performer in more than 20 premiere performances of operas and experimental music theatre works, including works by Philip Glass (Hydrogen Jukebox, Australasian premiere), Constantine Koukias, Maria Grenfell, Claudio Pompili, Hugh Covill, Christopher Williams, Joe Bugden and Raffaele Marcellino.

Dewey has previously lectured in composition at the University of Tasmania, worked as a presenter, programmer, state producer and senior music producer for ABC Classic FM. In September of 2013 his second symphony was be recorded in Prague by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra.

Matthew is the Music Director of ABC Classic FM, Australia's only national classical music radio station.

Matthew Dewey — current to September 2017

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Symphony of the inland sea (full orchestra with solo instrument(s)) (2015) Commissioned by Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
Digital sheet music sample Ecstatic visions : double concerto for clarinet, trumpet and orchestra (2013) Commissioned by Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Music Festival.
Symphony No.2 : Ex Oceano : ex Oceano (2013) Commissioned by Lynchpin
Digital sheet music sample Four Shakespeare songs : baritone voice with piano (2013) Commissioned by Michael Lampard.
Digital sheet music sample Chorus of early settlers : baritone voice with piano (2012) Commissioned by Michael Lampard.
Little suite for strings : string orchestra (2012) Commissioned for the Derwent Strings

Analysis & Media

- Video: Orchestral suite no.1 by Matthew Dewey