Matthew Van Brink

Matthew Van Brink

MATT VAN BRINK is a composer, lyricist, pianist, accordionist and educator. He has received multiple ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, the Northridge Composition Prize, residencies from the MacDowell Colony and the Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico and prizes from VocalEssence, San Francisco Choral Artists, TransforMusic, and the Delius Competition. He has performed and recorded with Gamelan Galak Tika and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra and he is a member of the BMI Musical Theater Workshops.

Van Brink is on the piano and composition faculty at Concordia Conservatory (Bronxville, New York), which has commissioned many of his new works of chamber music and musical theater for its student performers. He has also been commissioned by New York Youth Symphony, Celebrity Series of Boston, Collage New Music, Lara St. John, and others, and his compositions and arrangements are published by Schott Music, Tenuto Publications, Earthsongs, and Hayo Music, and he is the 2011-2012 composer-not-in-residence for San Francisco Choral Artists. 

Van Brink has held positions at Hofstra University, M.I.T., Boston University, and Concordia Conservatory. He studied composition with John Harbison and Lukas Foss at Boston University, where he received a doctorate, and with David Dzubay, Samuel Adler, and Don Freund during his undergraduate years at Indiana University. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Control Room for flute, cello, and piano
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