Matthew Barnson

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Matthew Barnson
Birth name Matthew Barnson
Born (1979-07-06) July 6, 1979 (age 37)
Origin Utah
Genres Contemporary classical
Occupation(s) Composer
Instruments Viola
Years active 1998-present
Labels Tzadik

Matthew Barnson (born 1979) is an American composer.


Barnson is a native of Utah[1] and obtained his undergraduate degree from the Eastman School of Music.[2] He pursued graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania and Yale University.[1] Barnson is the youngest recipient of a Barlow Commission[3] from the BYU College of Fine Arts and Communications. He was awarded a 2009 Charles Ives Prize.


Barnson's works have been performed by the following individuals / groups:[4]

- Arditti String Quartet
- Curtis Symphony Orchestra
- The New York Virtuoso Singers
- Members of Alarm Will Sound
- Members of the Philadelphia Orchestra
- Soprano Nicole Cabell
- Countertenor Ian Howell
- Academy Manson Ensemble, with conductor Simon Bainbridge[5]



  1. ^ a b WNMF 2006 - Programme
  2. ^ Eastman Composition - achievement
  3. ^ Barlow Commissions by Composer. Accessed 19 March 2007.
  4. ^ MATA Festival 2007. Accessed 19 March 2007.
  5. ^ Rutherford-Johnson, Tim. "Live review: CROSS-ATLANTIC COMPOSERS' PARTNERSHIP". Retrieved 2008-05-20.