Matthew Kaner

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Matthew Kaner (born 1986) is a composer based in London whose works are performed and broadcast widely in the UK and abroad. His music has been described as “forlornly exquisite” (New Statesman 2016), and has received praise for its “long and sinuous lines” (Telegraph 2013) and its “darker and wilder energy, which seems to be entirely personal.” (HK Interlude 2016)

In 2016, Matthew was the BBC Radio 3 Embedded Composer in Residence (in association with Sound and Music) for the duration of the station’s 70th anniversary celebrations, during which he wrote 14 works for repeated broadcasts, for a host of renowned performers including Benjamin Baker, Guy Johnston, Mark Simpson, the BBC Singers, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Trio Isimsiz, the Van Kuijk Quartet, Ashley Riches, Richard Uttley and others. He was also the recipient of a Roche Young Commission from 2015-17; his new orchestral work Encounters was premiered in the Lucerne Festival in September 2017 with Jeffrey Means and the Festival Academy Orchestra.

Previously he has been commissioned by leading international orchestras, ensembles and choirs. Highlights include pieces for the London Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Philharmonia, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, a concerto (Stranded) for Benjamin Baker and the Northern Chords Festical Orchestra, and works for Siglo de Oro, the BBC Singers and King’s College London Chapel Choir. His music has been performed at various venues in the UK and abroad, including Seiji Ozawa Hall, the Barbican, the Royal Festival Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, the Purcell Room, LSO St. Luke’s and Snape Maltings. It has also featured in the Aldeburgh, Spitalfields, Norfolk & Norwich, The Rest is Noise, City of London, Lucerne, and Victoria International Music Festivals. Recordings of his work are available to buy and stream on the LSO Live and Delphian labels.

Matthew studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Julian Anderson, where he now teaches himself a Professor of Composition. In 2013 Matthew was one of the winners of the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize; he was the Margaret Lee Crofts Fellow in Composition at Tanglewood in 2012, and has attended various prestigious composition courses led or mentored by composers including George Benjamin, Oliver Knussen, Wolfgang Rihm and John Harbison.

His latest project, an exciting retelling of the famous fairy tale Hansel and Gretel, in collaboration with poet Simon Armitage, artist Clive Hicks-Jenkins, presented by Goldfield Productions, premiered at Cheltenham Music Festival in July 2018 and toured the UK through the autumnn and winter of 2018.

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Ordered by year. Most recent works appears first

Music Theater


Hansel and Gretel: A Nightmare in Eight Scenes for narrator-soprano and ensemble (2018)

Concerto


Stranded for violin and orchestra (2017)

Symphony Orchestra


Encounters for large orchestra (2017)
The Calligrapher's Manuscript for orchestra (2013)

Chamber Group ( 2 - 4 instruments )


Concerto for Four Baroque Violins For 4 baroque violins (2016)
Echoes in the Stillness for string quartet (2016)
Glints in the Water for piano trio (2016)
Snowbells for violin and piano (2016)
Chants for flute, violin, viola and violoncello (2013)
Calligraphic Study after Johann Hering (2012)

Chamber Ensemble (5 - 9 instruments)


Collide for mixed ensemble (2016)
Gauguin Sketches for ensemble (2011)
Octet for ensemble (2009)

Choral Ensemble


Reframe for choir: SSAATTBB (2016)
Duo Seraphim for triple choir (2015)

Solo Instrument


Fixations for piano (2016)
Siciliene for violoncello solo (2016)
The Red Crowned Crane for basset clarinet (2016)
Dance Suite for piano solo (2015)
Litanies for piano solo (2007)

Voices and Instruments


Contemplations for bass-baritone and viola (2016)

String Quartet


Echoes in the Stillness for string quartet (2016)

Ensemble (10 - 19 instruments)


Mosaic for ensemble (2014)
Fantastical Fragments for ensemble (2012)

Ensemble (Instruments or Voices) and Fixed Electronic Media


Organum for ensemble (2013)

Instrument and Electronics


Organum for ensemble (2013)
Gauguin Sketches for ensemble (2011)
Octet for ensemble (2009)
Calligraphic Study after Johann Hering (2012)
Chants for flute, violin, viola and violoncello (2013)
Collide for mixed ensemble (2016)
Concerto for Four Baroque Violins For 4 baroque violins (2016)
Contemplations for bass-baritone and viola (2016)
Dance Suite for piano solo (2015)
Duo Seraphim for triple choir (2015)
Echoes in the Stillness for string quartet (2016)
Encounters for large orchestra (2017)
Fantastical Fragments for ensemble (2012)
Fixations for piano (2016)
Gauguin Sketches for ensemble (2011)
Glints in the Water for piano trio (2016)
Hansel and Gretel: A Nightmare in Eight Scenes for narrator-soprano and ensemble (2018)
Litanies for piano solo (2007)
Mosaic for ensemble (2014)
Octet for ensemble (2009)
Organum for ensemble (2013)
Reframe for choir: SSAATTBB (2016)
Siciliene for violoncello solo (2016)
Snowbells for violin and piano (2016)
Stranded for violin and orchestra (2017)
The Calligrapher's Manuscript for orchestra (2013)
The Red Crowned Crane for basset clarinet (2016)