(IC2017 – USA)
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 (CAP), among others. Recently, he was chosen as Finalist of the International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition 2011.
His orchestral works have been performed by the American Composers Orchestra at the Underwood Reading Sessions, the Riverside Symphony at the Riverside Reading Sessions, and by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Youth Symphony, among others. His chamber works have been performed by the Parker Quartet, Antares, violinist, Gary Levinson, and pianist, Adam Neiman, among others.
He is Composer-in-Residence of the Connections Chamber Music Series, which he co-founded with members of the Pacific Symphony. His work is recorded on the Centaur Records Label and published by Alfreds Publishing, among others.
Mr. Tommasini holds degrees in composition from the University of Michigan (DMA, MA) and UCLA (BA). Currently, he lives in Hong Kong where he is Associate Artistic Director of The Intimacy of Creativity, and Composer-in-Residence/Adjunct Associate Professor of Music at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
More information about his work can be found at: www.matthewtommasini.com
This piece grew out of four note melodic and harmonic structures, creating sharply contrasting materials. Throughout the first movement, the violist and pianist rarely imitate one another. Rather, they react to one another’s musical gestures. It isn’t until the second half of the second movement, after a restatement of themes from the first movement, that the violist and pianist reconcile, engaging each other in an imitative dialogue.