American composer Matthew Kennedy (1987) writes music containing “disarming clarity and simplicity,” often seeking out dark places with “an uninhibited wonder and spirit of exploration.” His work has received critical acclaim including honors and commissions from ASCAP, BMI, Hartford Opera Theater, Opera on Tap, Boston Musica Viva, as well as residencies at Marble House Project (VT), Crosshatch Center for Art and Ecology (MI), Horned Dorset Artist Colony (NY), Taleamor Park (IN), and the Mayapple Center for the Arts and Humanities (CT). Recent activities include performances and lectures at New Music Gathering at Boston Conservatory and Bowling Green State University, North American Saxophone Alliance Conference, Fresh Inc. Festival, Northwestern University New Music Conference, Four Seasons Youth Orchestra, and Dynamic Music Festival at NYU. Recent commissions for Matthew include new works for the McCormick Percussion Ensemble, saxophonist Justin Rollefson, Performance 20/20 Ensemble, La'Ventus Quartet, Driftwood Quintet, Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Hartford New Music Festival, cellist Emma Schmiedecke, and Foot-in-the-Door Ensemble. His work In Memoriam (2012), commissioned by the bass studio of Robert Black at The Hartt School, was recently published in Ink&Coda Journal. Recordings of his
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recently published in Ink&Coda Journal. Recordings of his music are also available through Parma Recordings and Soundset Recordings. Matthew holds degrees from The Hartt School (DMA), Butler University (MM), and Anderson University (BA), where his primary teachers have included Michael Schelle, Robert Carl, Larry Alan Smith, Elizabeth Brown, and Manuel Sosa. Recently his work as digital music engraver has received national recognition, being published in Indiana Theory Review (“Keeping Time in Mozart's Eine kleine Gigue, K.574” by Ira Braus) as well as presented at the 2015 Chicago Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic (“Sacred Spaces: Teaching Children to Create Music” presented by Glen Adsit and Michael Colgrass). Matthew currently teaches Music Theory and Composition at the University of South Florida. He and his wife reside in Tampa, FL with their three children.