Matthew Tommasini (b.1978) has been awarded top prizes including the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize and grants from the ASCAP Foundation's Leonard Bernstein Fund and the American Music Center's Composer Assistance Program. He was named Finalist in the International Composition Competition Città di Udine and awarded Top Prize in the Professional Division of the Foundation for Modern Music’s Robert Avalon International Competition for Composition.
His has been commissioned by the Milwaukee Ballet, New York Youth Symphony, and the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings/Oberlin Conservatory/University of Michigan Consortium.
His orchestral works have been performed at the Munich Chamber Orchestra HKUST Reading Sessions, the Underwood Reading Sessions of the American Composers Orchestra and at the Riverside Reading Sessions of the Riverside Symphony, and by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, and New York Youth Symphony.
His chamber works have been performed by members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Richard Stoltzman, Mivos Quartet, Daedalus Quartet, Parker Quartet, Antares, and Gary Levinson, and featured at the New York Festival of Song and Classix Kempten Festival.
His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Detroit Free Press, and Boston Music Intelligencer, and South China Morning Post, and featured on Radio Television Hong Kong, TVB Pearl (Hong Kong), and WCNY (Syracuse).
He is Associate Artistic Director of the internationally-acclaimed composers and performers festival, The Intimacy of Creativity, the HKUST Music Alive! concert series, and Composer-in-Residence/Visiting Associate Professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology where he coordinates a quickly growing creative arts program.
He can be heard regularly on Radio Television Hong Kong Radio 4 as English Outside Presenter for concerts presented by ensembles including the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, and Hong Kong Sinfonietta.
Mr. Tommasini holds degrees in composition from the University of Michigan (DMA, MA) where he studied with Bright Sheng, William Bolcom, Michael Daugherty, and Leslie Bassett; and UCLA (BA) where he studied with Paul Chihara and Ian Krouse.
He is a member of ASCAP.