Matthew Barnson

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Matthew Barnson
Birth nameMatthew Barnson
Born (1979-07-06) July 6, 1979 (age 39)
GenresContemporary classical
Years active1998-present

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. He is currently an assistant professor of composition at Stony Brook University.[4]


Barnson's works have been performed by the following individuals / groups:[5]

- 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[6]



  1. ^ a b "WNMF 2006 - Programme". Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  2. ^ Eastman Composition - achievement Archived 2008-05-15 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Barlow Commissions by Composer. Accessed 19 March 2007.
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  5. ^ MATA Festival 2007. Accessed 19 March 2007.
  6. ^ Rutherford-Johnson, Tim. "Live review: CROSS-ATLANTIC COMPOSERS' PARTNERSHIP". Retrieved 20 May 2008.

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