Matthew Dewey

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Matthew Dewey

Matthew Ingvald Dewey (born 1984) is an Australian classical music composer, singer, and music producer.[1]


Matthew Dewey is an Australian composer[1][2] and music producer who studied composition with Professor Douglas Knehans at the University of Tasmania and composition/theatrical design/singing with Greek-Australian composer/designer Constantine Koukias. His very early years were spent training with the IHOS Music Theatre Laboratory[3] in the creation of new musical-theatrical works, and this early exposure led to a career that flourished at a young age. In 2003 he sang the bass role in the Australasian premiere of Hydrogen Jukebox by Philip Glass.[4]

He works mostly in concert music and opera/music-theatre and has been involved in the premieres of more than 20 new works[5] as a principal performer and singer, and numerous other productions variously as composer, orchestrator, conductor and compositional assistant.[5][6] He currently works as the Music Director for ABC Classic FM in Sydney.[7]

Major works[edit]


Other works[edit]

Dewey has worked with a wide variety of genres and materials.



He has composed various songs including two cycles utilising text by the esteemed expat South African poet Anne Kellas:[11] Isolated States and Notes for Mount Moono; and two song suites based on the work of his brother, entitled Elegy and Compass. The latter was commissioned and premiered by the Sydney Children's Choir.[12]


His chamber works include two pieces written for the Seymour Group: A Dance on Five Claps and Voyage, the latter of which was written for the Seymour Group in conjunction with the internationally renowned bass-clarinettist Harry Sparnaay;[13] Flight and Reverie which premiered at the University of Hawaii;[14] and Entropic Visions which was given by Joshua Rubin[15] at the Lincoln Center in New York.


Dewey's First Symphony (for string orchestra) dealt with emotions surrounding the Port Arthur Massacre.[16] The symphony was inspired by Tasmanian playwright Tom Holloway's play Beyond the Neck.[17]

He has also worked as a singer, premiering a number of roles and new works by Australian and International composers.[18]

Awards and scholarships[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Matthew Dewey – Represented Artist Profile", Australian Music Centre Ltd, 2009, webpage: AMC.
  2. ^ Matthew Dewey: Website information: Australia's Culture and Recreation Portal Archived 1 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "IHOS Opera". IHOS Opera. 22 May 2011. Archived from the original on 21 August 2006. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
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  5. ^ a b c d "Matthew Dewey, Composer and Singer". Retrieved 29 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Australian Music: Orpheus remix: 'Vox Orpheus'". Australia: ABC. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
  7. ^ "Matthew Dewey : Associate Artist". Australian Music Centre. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  8. ^ "Symphony of Science". 11 September 2001. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  9. ^ "QSO PREMIERES WITH MORRISON & BLISS". 2 November 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  10. ^ Daylight Robbery Theatricals | Experimental work by creative and energetic theatre makers
  11. ^ "Anne Kellas: Isolated States". 11 September 2001. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
  12. ^ "Sydney Children's Choir". Retrieved 29 November 2011.
  13. ^ "index". Retrieved 29 November 2011.
  14. ^ "Pan-Pacific Gamba Gathering". Archived from the original on 14 September 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
  15. ^ "New York Miniaturist Ensemble". Retrieved 29 November 2011.
  16. ^ Matthew Dewey, Composer and Singer Archived 19 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ Matthew Dewey, Composer and Singer Archived 19 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^
  19. ^ "Young Australians". Young Australians. Archived from the original on 26 October 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2011.

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