Martin Max Schreiner

Martin Max Schreiner, freelance composer

BIO: Martin Schreiner is a composer with a broad range of musical experience and interests. His catalog has more than 80 compositions including: concert music for traditional symphonic instruments, jazz ensemble, chamber groups, choral music and solo vocal works. He began writing for traditional Japanese instruments in 1994--particularly the shakuhachi and koto. Some of his most recent works combine Japanese and western instruments and include three concertinos for koto and symphony orchestra. His music has won awards from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, NERT International Chamber Music Composition Competition, a Bryant Fellowship from Harvard University, and a certificate from the 21st Century Music Project Competition of the the International Center for Japanese Culture in Yokohama, Japan. Martin's music has been performed across the United States, in Europe and Japan. Among the many concert programs his music has appeared, sponsors have included: the national and regional conferences of the Society of Composers, Inc.; Enchanted Circle Concerts of the New England Conservatory; Shepard School of Music, Rice University; 4th Annual International Guitar Festival, hosted by the University of Memphis; Midland-Odessa Symphony Orchestra; MusicFest Nara 2014, Nara Centennial Hall, Japan; Kazenomori Hall Chamber Music Series, Japan; and the Montanea Summer Music Festival, Switzerland among others. He has received commissions for music from the Cape Ann Symphony, Melrose Symphony and Quincy Symphony Orchestras of Massachusetts among other groups and soloists. His Symphonic Journey for Orchestra (Symphony No. 1) was recorded by the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra on the MMC Recordings label. Martin is Director of Maps and Media Services in the Harvard Library of Harvard University. In this position he founded Expanding the Boundaries of Authorship--a forum for building community and partnerships in authoring with multimedia resources and tools. He is also co-chair of the Digital Futures Consortium at Harvard University which serves to promote and support digital scholarship and innovation. Martin is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music (MM '86) where his principal teachers were Arthur Berger, Pozzi Escot and Malcolm Peyton. As an undergraduate he majored in music composition as a student of Philip Bezanson and Robert Stern at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He has compositions published with Frank E Warren Music Service and more compositions distributed through J. W. Pepper Music.

DISCOGRAPHY: "Two Japanese Idylls" for guitar appear on The Legend of Hagoromo, a collection of American and Japanese music for classical guitar by Aaron Larget-Caplan, Stone Records Ltd., 2015 ; "Symphonic Journey" for orchestra, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, MMC Recordings, Ltd., 1993



This piece was written as a kind of cross-cultural reflectNon. It is both a reflection on the nocturnes of Chopin and a casting of my nocturne in a pitch-space design suggestive of the gamalon music of Bali and Java. The performance here is by Kevin Murphy, pianist, organist and music director of the Sudbury United Methodist Church in Sudbury MA
Bamboo and Silk Tango, Again
Commissioned by the Duo Yumeno; Yoko Kimura, koto and Hikaru Tamaki, cello. This is a recording of the premiere performance at the Granoff Music Center at Tufts University: Distler Performance Hall on February 1st 2014. This recording of my work is streaming here with the kind permission of the Duo Yumeno. More information about the Duo Yumeno can be found here: