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Matthews, Colin (b1946)
Maurice Foxall

Colin Matthews

born: 1946
country: United Kingdom

Colin Matthews studied at the Universities of Nottingham and Sussex, and subsequently worked as assistant to Benjamin Britten, and with Imogen Holst. He collaborated with Deryck Cooke for many years on the performing version of Mahler’s Tenth Symphony. From 1992–99 he was Associate Composer with the LSO, writing amongst other works a concerto for Rostropovich. In 1997 his choral / orchestral Renewal, commissioned for the 50th anniversary of BBC Radio 3, was given a Royal Philharmonic Society Award.

Works from the last 10 years include Reflected images for the San Francisco SO, Berceuse for Dresden for the New York Philharmonic, and Turning Point for the Concertgebouw Orchestra. He was Composer-in-Association with the Hallé from 2001–10, now Composer Emeritus, making for them his orchestrations of Debussy’s 24 Preludes. In 2011 he completed works for the London Sinfonietta, City of London Sinfonia and Leipzig Gewandhaus. Matthews’ most recent work is his 5th String Quartet, commissioned by the Tanglewood Music Center; future commissions include works for the BCMG, London Sinfonietta and Britten Sinfonia.

He is Founder and Executive Producer of NMC Recordings, Executive Administrator of the Holst Foundation and Music Director of the Britten-Pears Foundation. He has been co-director with Oliver Knussen of the Aldeburgh Composition Course since 1992. He holds honorary posts with several universities and is Prince Consort Professor of Composition at the Royal College of Music.

from notes by LSO Live 2016


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