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 Richard Stoltzman, Mivos Quartet, Daedalus Quartet, Parker Quartet, Antares, Gary Levinson, and Adam Neiman, and at New York Festival of Song, among others.
His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Detroit Free Press, and Boston Music Intelligencer, 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 and performers featival, The Intimacy of Creativity, the HKUST Music Alive! concert series, and Composer-in-Residence/Visiting Associate Professor of Music at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
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.
He is a member of ASCAP.
Tommasini, Matthew. Torn Canvases; for chamber wind ensemble. New York Pictures. Rutgers Wind
Ensemble. Cond. William Berz. New York: Mark Records, 2011. CD.
Tommasini, Matthew. American Perspectives: Works for Violin by Matthew Tommasini. Perf. Martha Walvoord, Jennifer Walvoord, Nicholas Hutchinson. Baton Rouge: Centaur Records, 2009. CD.
Tommasini, Matthew. Taking Sides; for solo trombone, woodwind octet, percussion, and piano. Inner Rebellion. University of Michigan Symphony Band. Perf. David Jackson. Cond. Rodney Dorsey. Ann Arbor: Block-M Records, 2009. Digital download.
Tommasini, Matthew. Three Spanish Songs; for soprano and chamber wind ensemble. Van Nuys, Donald Hunsberger Wind Library (Alfred Music Publishing), 2007.
Tommasini, Matthew. Three Spanish Songs; for soprano and chamber wind ensemble. 2007 WASBE Conference, Killarney, Ireland. University of Louisville Wind Ensemble. Perf. Edith Davis Tidwell. Cond. Frederick Speck. New York: Mark Records, 2007. CD.
Tommasini, Matthew. Thus, Consider This; for chamber choir and piano. New York, Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI) Journal of Music Scores. Vol 38/39, 2006.