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Matthew Whittall: Biography

Matthew Whittall
1975 -
Region: International

Matthew Whittall

Canadian-born composer Matthew Whittall (b. 1975) began his studies in Montreal. He earned degrees in performance and composition from Vanier College, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and SUNY Stony Brook, before settling in Finland in 2001. His output covers a wide variety of media, particularly orchestral, vocal, choral, chamber and solo instrumental works, but also features forays into electronics. His works have been commissioned and performed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Finnish Radio Symphony and the Helsinki Chamber Choir, among others, and in festivals and radio broadcasts across Europe, North America and Japan. Whittall’s music is marked by an attempt to fuse its various disparate influences – Old and New World, Western and non-Western, sacred and secular, classical, folk and popular – into a single, variegated expressive language, and by a use of extramusical imagery ranging from natural phenomena to poetry and landscape art. Matthew Whittall currently lives in Helsinki. In addition to a busy schedule as a freelance composer, arranger, program annotator and internet blogger, he teaches music analysis, history and orchestration at the Sibelius Academy, where in 2013 he completed his doctoral work in composition, writing on the idea of nature in Gustav Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde. Whittall's works are available through the Finnish Music Information Center (FIMIC), Sulasol and the Uusinta Publishing Company, and are recorded on the Alba, Pilfink, Sony Classical and Centrediscs labels.