Colin Matthews (5 March)
Colin Matthews was born in London and read classics at the University of Nottingham, going on to study composition there with Arnold Whittall and Nicholas Maw. In the 1970s, he taught composition at the University of Sussex, where he obtained a doctorate for his work on Mahler, an offshoot of his collaboration with Deryck Cooke on the latter’s performing version of Mahler’s Tenth Symphony. During this period, he also worked at Aldeburgh with Benjamin Britten and Imogen Holst.
His output covers the vast majority of genres, from chamber music to large-scale orchestral/vocal compositions, and the long list of artists who have premiered his works includes the conductors Michael Tilson Thomas and Lorin Maazel, the composer/conductor Oliver Knussen and the violinist Leila Josefowicz. He was Associate Composer for the Hallé Orchestra from 2001-2010 and is now the orchestra’s Composer Emeritus.
He is extensively occupied in administration. Posts held include Chairman of the Britten Estate, he has served as Director of the Performing Rights Society and was a member of the council of the Society for the Promotion of New Music for over twenty years. He has been a council member of the Royal Philharmonic Society since 2005, and is founder and director of the CD label NMC, which records new music by British composers.
This evening he shares the platform with his equally renowned composer brother, David Matthews.