Composer Matthew Barnson '07 MM, '08 MMA, '12 DMA has been appointed Assistant Professor of Composition at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. The tenure-track appointment begins this fall.
Most recently, Barnson served as assistant professor of composition at Trinity College Dublin. He has also chaired the composition and theory department at New York’s Third Street Music School Settlement.
Matthew Barnson composes for orchestras, choirs, string quartets, voices, chamber ensembles, dancers, and computers. Recently, his music has been performed at Carnegie Hall, the Centre Pompidou, the Museum of Modern Art, the Aldeburgh Festival, the Royal Academy of Music, Wigmore Hall, Aspen, Heidelberger Frühling, and many other venues throughout the United States and Europe. He studied at Eastman, the University of Pennsylvania, IRCAM, and Yale with Christopher Rouse, Joseph Schwantner, Steven Stucky, Augusta Read Thomas, Martin Bresnick, Ezra Laderman, Ingram Marshall, and David Lang. In February 2014, Tzadik released his album of string quartets performed by the Arditti and JACK Quartets. Barnson teaches composition, electronic music, theory, and the history of music after 1945.