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 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 performers including Guy Johnston, Mark Simpson, the BBC Singers, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Trio Isimsiz and many others. His 2018 collaboration with poet laureate Simon Armitage, a reworking of the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel for ensemble and narrator, commissioned by Goldfield Productions, was acclaimed as “an all too timely reminder of some children’s living, waking, starving nightmare” (4* Guardian review).

His debut solo album is being recorded and released by Delphian Records in 2022.

Previously highlights include commissions from the London Symphony Orchestra, Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Philharmonia, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, a violin concerto for Benjamin Baker and the Northern Chords Festival 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 the Barbican, the Royal Festival Hall, Seiji Ozawa Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, the Purcell Room, LSO St. Luke’s and Snape Maltings. His work has featured in the Aldeburgh, Spitalfields, Norfolk & Norwich, Cheltenham, Lucerne, and Victoria International Music Festivals. Recordings of his work are available to buy and stream on the LSO Live and Delphian labels.

Matthew has been a Professor of Composition at the Guildhall School since 2013. In 2013, he was a winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize; he was the Margaret Lee Crofts Fellow in Composition at Tanglewood in 2012. He studied music at King’s College London and composition with Julian Anderson at the Guildhall.

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Ordered by year. Most recent works appears first

Chamber Group ( 2 - 4 instruments )


Piano Trio Piano Trio in three movements (i. Glints in the Water ii. Ripples iii. Eroding Lines) (2021)
Concerto for Four Baroque Violins For 4 baroque violins (2016)
In Search of the Dimmest Stars for string quartet (2016)
Snowbells for violin and piano (2016)
Chants for flute, violin, viola and violoncello (2013)
Calligraphic Study after Johann Hering (2012)

Solo Instrument


Suite for Cello (2020)
Siciliene for violoncello solo (2016)
The Red Crowned Crane for basset clarinet (2016)
Dance Suite for piano solo (2015)
Litanies for piano solo (2007)

Instrumental Music


Piano Trio Piano Trio in three movements (i. Glints in the Water ii. Ripples iii. Eroding Lines) (2021)
Suite for Cello (2020)
Five Highland Scenes for violin and piano (2019)
Stranded for violin and orchestra (2017)
Snowbells for violin and piano (2016)
The Red Crowned Crane for basset clarinet (2016)
Collide for mixed ensemble (2016)
Concerto for Four Baroque Violins For 4 baroque violins (2016)
In Search of the Dimmest Stars for string quartet (2016)
Siciliene for violoncello solo (2016)
Dance Suite for piano solo (2015)
Mosaic for ensemble (2014)
Organum for ensemble (2013)
Chants for flute, violin, viola and violoncello (2013)
The Calligrapher's Manuscript for orchestra (2013)
Calligraphic Study after Johann Hering (2012)
Fantastical Fragments for ensemble (2012)
Litanies for piano solo (2007)

Concerto


Stranded for violin and orchestra (2017)

Symphony Orchestra


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

Chamber Ensemble (5 - 9 instruments)


Collide for mixed ensemble (2016)
Organum for ensemble (2013)
Gauguin Sketches for ensemble (2011)
Octet for ensemble (2009)

Voices and Instruments


Contemplations for bass-baritone and viola (2016)

String Quartet


In Search of the Dimmest Stars for string quartet (2016)

Choral Ensemble


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

Ensemble (10 - 19 instruments)


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

Instruments and Electronics


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)
Encounters for large orchestra (2017)
Fantastical Fragments for ensemble (2012)
Five Highland Scenes for violin and piano (2019)
Gauguin Sketches for ensemble (2011)
In Search of the Dimmest Stars for string quartet (2016)
Litanies for piano solo (2007)
Mosaic for ensemble (2014)
Octet for ensemble (2009)
Organum for ensemble (2013)
Piano Trio Piano Trio in three movements (i. Glints in the Water ii. Ripples iii. Eroding Lines) (2021)
Reframe for choir: SSAATTBB (2016)
Siciliene for violoncello solo (2016)
Snowbells for violin and piano (2016)
Stranded for violin and orchestra (2017)
Suite for Cello (2020)
The Calligrapher's Manuscript for orchestra (2013)
The Red Crowned Crane for basset clarinet (2016)