A composer and pianist whose work historically reflects musical cultures around the globe.

ARTIST'S STATEMENT / PROFESSION d’ARTISTE

The influences upon my works encompass almost every country and every culture. The late Romantic view that supposed "originality" is the most important criterion to being an interesting artist does not hold water for me.

Not only is it more emotionally honest to acknowledge one's influences, it produces works of higher caliber in my opinion. The approach of Bach and Shakespeare (two highly unoriginal but extremely profound talents) should be good enough for any of we mere mortals.

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Les influences sur mes œuvres y inclus presque tous les pays et toutes les cultures. Le point de vu Romantique à la fin de siècle 19e que «l’originalité» censé soit le critère le plus important d’être un artiste intéressant n’est pas valide, à mon avis.

C’est non seulement plus honnête d’admettre la source de vos influences, mais il permet les compositeurs de produire des œuvres d’une meilleure qualité, à mon avis. L’approche de Bach et Shakespeare (deux artistes qui manque vraiment d’originalité, cependant ils sont des artistes extraordinaire) serait assez bien pour nous-mêmes qui ne sommes qu’humain.

RECENT RECORDINGS:

  • Talencourt

  • Stolen Music

  • The Graceful Ghost

  • Whippin' the Keys

  • Syncopated Lady

  • On the Highwire

    What people are saying / Qu’est-ce qu’on dit | To contact Matthew Davidson / À contacter | Upcoming Concert Events / Les événements à l’avenir |

    Radio broadcasts and interviews / Les émissions et les entrevues accordée au radio | Concerts given at the following locations / Les récitals en salle donné aux lieux suivants | List of works / Une liste des œuvres

    Biography (français)

    Matthew Davidson (b. 1964, Toronto, Canada; now resident Montreal, Canada) holds degrees from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, the University of Toronto, Canada, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Apart from concertizing in Canada, New Zealand and the United States, with ragtime, early jazz , "classical" and contemporary music concerts, he actively promotes the work of other composers (both as performer and impresario) and his work has received radio broadcasts in New Zealand, North America and Europe. Dr. Davidson studied piano privately with John Powell and Rae de Lisle in New Zealand (through whom a lineage may be traced to Franz Liszt), with Bruce Greenfield and Phillipa Ward at the Wellington Polytechnical Institute's Executant Music Course in New Zealand, privately with Lawrence Pitchko and Harold Heap in Canada and with William Heiles at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the U.S.

    As a composer, his works encompass almost every medium, including text, music, and lyrics for a singspiel, chamber music, improvisatory works, theatre pieces, electronic and orchestral music. Davidson is the recipient of commissions and awards from Victoria Universitry, the Queen Elizabeth II (New Zealand national) arts council, the American (formerly Minnesota) Composers' Forum, the University of Illinois, Meet the Composer/California, The Elgin Cultural Arts Commission, and has been associated with the Anthony De Mare (New York piano virtuoso of twentieth century music), Rudolf Haken, and with the Zukofsky Quartet and the Kronos Quartet. He has studied theory with Alexander Rapoport at the Royal Conservatory of Music (through whom a lineage may be traced to the Hochschule fur Musik in Vienna) and his principal composition teachers have been Jack Body in New Zealand, John Beckwith in Canada (through whom a lineage may be traced to Nadia Boulanger) and Salvatore Martirano, Zack Browning, and Morgan Powell in the United States.

    His music is published by Honeyrock Publications in Everett, Pennsylvania and the Composers Association of New Zealand. His unpublished works are distributed by the New Zealand Music Centre, the Canadian Music Centre, The American Composers Alliance, and the Bibliotheque Internationale de Musique Contemporaine in Paris, France. His complete works are held in archive at the Alexander Turnbull Library division of the New Zealand National Library.

    Some of his compact discs (e.g. the original Mastersound issue of "The Graceful Ghost") have become collector's items. He has released thirteen compact disc recordings to date for STOMP OFF RECORDS, Navona, the MASTERSOUND label, and CAPSTONE RECORDS.

    He is a member of BMI (Broadcast Music, Incorporated) and the Quebec Music Teachers Association.

    His music is published by Honeyrock Publications in Everett,Pennsylvania, and the Composers Association of New Zealand. His unpublished works are distributed by the New Zealand Music Centre, The American Composers Alliance, and the Canadian Music Centre. Scores, articles, and archival materials are located in the Alexander Turnbull Library/New Zealand National Library, Attn: Music Librarian, P.O. Box 12349, Wellington, New Zealand.

    La biographie

    Matthew Davidson (né en 1964 à Toronto; maintenant résident à Montréal) a reçu ses diplômes de l’université Victoria de Wellington, en Nouvelle Zélande, de l’université de Toronto (Canada), et de l’université d’Illinois à Champaign-Urbane. Il a présenté des concerts au Canada, aux États-Unis, et en Nouvelle Zélande jouant du ragtime, du jazz des années vingt aux années cinquante, et de la musique classique et contemporaine. En plus, il a fait la promotion des œuvres d’autres compositeurs (comme pianiste et impresario). Ses œuvres ont été diffusées dans les stations de Radio en Nouvelle Zélande, en Amérique du Nord, et en Europe.

    Dr. Davidson a étudié le piano en leçon privée avec John Powell et Rae de Lisle en Nouvelle Zélande (professeurs de la lignée de Franz Liszt); il a également, avec Bruce Greenfield et Phillipa Ward, pris des cours de musique à l’institut polytechnique de Wellington en Nouvelle Zélande; et des leçons privées avec Lawrence Pitchko et Harold Heap au Canada; et avec William Heiles à l’université d’Illinois à Champaign-Urbane aux États-Unis.

    Comme compositeur, ses œuvres embrassent presque tous les mediums, incluant le texte et la musique pour un singspiel, la musique de chambre, les œuvres aléatoriques, les pièces de théâtre, la musique électronique, et pour l’orchestre.

    Davidson a reçu des commandites et des prix de l’université Victoria, le conseil d’art Queen Elizabeth II de la Nouvelle Zélande, l’American Composers' Forum, l’université d’Illinois, Meet the Composer/California, le Cultural Arts Commission d’Elgin, et il a travaillé avec Anthony De Mare (virtuose du piano de la musique contemporaine), Rudolf Haken, et avec le Zukofsy Quartet et le Kronos Quartet. Il a étudié la théorie de la musique avec Alexander Rapoport (professeur de la lignée de l’Hochschule für Musik à Vienne), et ses professeurs de composition étaient Jack Body en Nouvelle Zélande, John Beckwith au Canada (professeur de la lignée de Nadia Boulanger) et Salvatore Martirano aux États-Unis.

    Sa musique est publiée par Honeyrock Publications à Everett, Pennsylvanie et par l’association des compositeurs en Nouvelle Zélande. Ses œuvres non-publiées sont distribuées par le centre de musique canadien au Québec, ainsi que par la Bibliothèque Internationale de Musique Contemporaine à Paris (la France), l’alliance des compositeurs américains, et le centre de musique de la Nouvelle Zélande.

    Il est un membre de BMI (Broadcast Music, Incorporated) et de l'Association des professeurs de musique du Québec.

    Ses œuvres sont archivées au centre de musique canadien au Québec, et à la bibliothèque Alexander Turnbull (une branche de la Bibliothèque Nationale de la Nouvelle Zélande). Il a enregistré pour Stomp Off Records, Mastersound, Navona, et Capstone Records.

    Upcoming concert events / Les événements à l’avenir

    MOST RECENT PUBLIC CONCERT:

  • NYC PREMIERE of "Music for Viola & Piano"

    played by Rudolf Haken and Rob Auler on June 17, 2010 (ACA Summer Festival)

    Radio broadcasts and interviews / Les émissions et les entrevues accordée au radio

    • National Public Radio
    • WNYC 93.9 FM (Albany, New York)
    • WFMT 98.7 FM and WNIB 97.1 FM (Chicago, Illinois)
    • WMCN 91.7 FM (St. Paul, Minnesota)
    • KPCC 89.3 FM (Pasadena, California)
    • KGNU 88.5 FM (Boulder, Colorado)
    • WEFT 90.1 FM (Champaign-Urbana)
    • Concert FM (Radio New Zealand)
    • Radio Mercury 87.4 and 102.7 FM (Mosina, Poland)
    • UKW 92.4 FM (Munchen, Germany)
    • CIUT 89.5 FM (Toronto, Canada)
    • CJPX 99.5 FM (Montreal, Quebec)

    Concerts given at the following locations/ Les récitals en salle donné aux lieux suivants

    • Symphony House, Wellington, New Zealand
    • Wellington Cultural Center, New Zealand
    • Old St. Paul's Cathedral, Wellington, New Zealand
    • University of Toronto Department of Music Canada
    • Hart House, University of Toronto, Canada
    • Canadian National Institute for the Blind
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Urbana, Illinois
    • Music Department, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois
    • Santa Barbara Society for Jazz and World Music Day of Music Festival.
    • Curtiss Hall, Fine Arts Building, Chicago, Illinois
    • Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, Illinois
    • Harold Washington Public Library Auditorium, Chicago, Illinois
    • Jordan/Kitts Theatre, Vienna, Virginia
    • University of Wyoming Fine Arts Concert Hall
    • Rolling Meadows [Public] Library, Illinois
    • Dame Myra Hess Concert Series (broadcast live from the Chicago Cultural Center), 2/17/99
    • Preston Bradley Hall, World in a Weekend series, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, (Illinois), 3/19/99
    • St. Mary's Catholic Church, Elgin, Illinois
    • Music School Concert Hall, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida

  • What people are saying... / Qu’est-ce qu’on dit...

    "...a remarkably talented pianist...as a performer Davidson has few peers..." - Gramophone magazine

    "...this new disk by...Matthew Davidson is extraordinary." - Steve O'Keefe, Cadence magazine, from his critique of The Graceful Ghost: Contemporary Piano Rags

    "...his [Davidson's] stunning premier performances...mark...this pianist for landmark status and accolades -- adjectives for which one reaches for the Thesaurus: prodigious, consummate, mighty. Well -- sublime." - Max Morath, Vanguard Recording Artist

    "He has...achieved a fine reputation as a concert pianist...and...his chamber music experience has given him exceptional insight into the workings of solo and chamber string music."- www.hbdirect.com

    "The work of Matthew Davidson is written with intelligence and attention to detail." - Lysandre Hamelin, Musifax (magazine of the Music Teachers Association of Quebec) - Printemps 2011

    “…[Davidson’s work is]…simultaneously complex and communicative, very original, and with a well-defined identity.” - Mauro Carli, ALIAS N.17 April, 2000

    "…very charming, sophisticated, and very innovative..." - Prominent violinist of the violinfutura project, Piotr Szewczyk

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    "… un pianiste vraiment doué…comme instrumentiste, Davidson a peu d’égaux..." - Gramophone magazine

    "... ce disque de…Matthew Davidson est extraordinaire." - Steve O'Keefe, Cadence magazine, de son critique de The Graceful Ghost: Contemporary Piano Rags

    "Il a…obtenu une bonne réputation comme pianiste de concert…et…son expérience en jouant la musique à chambre lui a donné un aperçu exceptionnel aux rouages subtil de la musique de cordes à chambre et en solo." - www.hbdirect.com

    "…très charmant, raffiné, et très innovant..." – violoniste du projet violinfutura, Piotr Szewczyk

    "L'œuvre de Matthew Davidson est écrite avec intelligence et minutie." - Lysandre Hamelin, Musifax (le journal de l'association des professeurs de musique du Québec) - Printemps 2011

    «... [L'œuvre de Davidson est] ... à la fois complexe et communicative, très original, et avec une identité bien définie.» - Mauro Carli, ALIAS N.17 Avril 2000

    À contacter / Matthew Davidson may be contacted for piano lessons, concerts, or masterclasses at the following address: mathieu_davidson@voila.fr

    LIST OF WORKS / Une liste des œuvres:

    2013: "Bergamasques" for solo violin (c. 14")

    2012: "Trio Sonata" for flute, viola, and harp (c. 15")

    2012: "Quatre mélodies québécoises" Music set to four poems by three Québécois authors: Albert Lozeau, Blanche Lamontagne-Beauregard, and Émile Nelligan (c. 12")

    2012: QUARTETTO DELL'ARTE - String Quartet in Five Movements – (c. 25")

    2012: "THE SINGING LESSON" – Chamber Opera in Three Acts Based on the short stories of Katherine Mansfield (PD) for 2 Lyric Sopranos, 2 Dramatic Mezzo-Sopranos, 1 Lyric Contralto, 1 Tenor Buffo, 1 Basso Buffo, and small chamber orchestra : Cl in Bb, Bsn, Tpt in C, Bs Tbn, Vln, Cb, and Perc (1-2): wind chimes, triangle, sleigh bells, cowbell, tam-tam, vibraslap, wood block, glockenspiel, xylophone, vibraphone, marimba, tubular bells, snare drum, bass drum, and celesta. (c. 1 hr 30")

    2011: Zwei Motetten for SATB choir (c. 4'')

    2011: Music for Viola & Orchestra (c. 15'')

    2011: "Robert Schumann / Symphony No. 5" [Orchestration of Schumann's Piano Quintet in Eb, Op. 44] (c. 30'')

    2010: "LOVE OR MONEY" (for singer/actors & orchestra) (c. 90'') based on "The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus" by Christopher Marlowe

    2008: Sonatine Pastorale pour le piano (c. 11'')

    2008: Papillons (15 short pieces for piano solo) (c. 20'')

    2008: Music for Piano with Orchestra (c. 30'')

    2008: Menuetto (piano arrangement of Mov't 3 of Schubert's 5th symphony) (c.3")

    2006: Music for String Trio (Violin, Viola, Violoncello) (c. 15")

    2006: Music for Viola and Piano (c. 15")

    2006: Nonsense Music (Mezzo Soprano and Piano) (c. 4")

    2002: Six Chorale Preludes for piano solo (c. 12")

    2000: After Brahms: Nine Concert Tangos for piano four hands (c. 9")

    1999: Trois Oeuvres de Rameau - for Orchestra [arrangements of harpsichord works by Jean Philippe Rameau] [revised slightly 2009] (c. 10")

    1997: Nicklettes (orchestral suite for children) (10")

    1996: Nicklettes (solo piano suite for children) (10")

    1995: In the Land of Wonderful Dreams (five movement suite for solo piano) (c. 25")

    1993: Stolen Music for a flute player solo flute and/or piccolo (10")

    1993: Etudes for Piano, Book I (five movements, c. 14")

    1993: Etudes for Piano, Book II (five movements, c. 25")

    1992: Millet Music for as many musicians as possible

    (work for multiple percussionists) (Indeterminate length)

    1991: "#5" for analog tape (6")

    1991: I had five long years for string quartet (8")

    1990: The Minute Passacaglia for analog tape (1")

    1990: Three Elusive Rags for piano solo (10")

    1989: Le Poème Inattendu for Large Orchestra [Revised & re-orchestrated 2009] (c.13")

    1988: Signor Grinderino for analog tape (7:45")

    1988: Between the Lines for analog tape (8:02")

    1988: Music for String Quartet (revised 1996) (6")

    1988: Deux Plaisanteries for (Eb) alto sax and piano (5")

    1985: Magyar Rondo for solo viola (6")

    1984: Five Vignettes for piano solo (10")

    Compositions

    MUSIC FOR PIANO WITH ORCHESTRA - 3rd Movement



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    MUSIC FOR PIANO WITH ORCHESTRA - 4th movement



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    "ROBERT SCHUMANN / SYMPHONY NUMBER 5"



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    "Le Rappel des Oiseaux" from TROIS OEUVRES DE RAMEAU



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