Matthew Chamberlain

Composer & Conductor, US

Matthew Chamberlain (b.1990) is an American composer and conductor. His works have been performed by numerous ensembles in the US and Europe, including the JACK quartet, Ensemble Multilaterale, Quatuor Tana, Ensemble LINEA, and the Arditti Quartet. He has conducted more than 50 world premieres with ensembles around the world. He studied composition and conducting at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with Josh Levine, Tim Weiss, and Raphael Jimenez. He his currently completing a PhD in composition at SUNY Buffalo with David Felder.

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Lonely Planet

During his residency, Matthew Chamberlain will work on a piano solo commissioned by Fondation Royaumont for Claudia Chan. Titled Lonely Planet, the piece explores a radical asymmetry between its material resources: while it is texturally confined to chordal homophony, its harmonies are rigorously diverse, drawn stochastically from a massive database of all physically playable chords on the piano. In light of this asymmetry, the piece enacts a process central to all of our lives: in ignorance, it searches for somewhere to make a home.

Matthew will be in residence at Camargo from April 26 to May 11, 2018 in partnership with the Fondation Royaumont.