•Palmer Dixon Prize (for most outstanding work composed at Juilliard; Columbia In Old Age) (2021)
•Finalist—ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards (2020)
•Honorable Mention—University of Miami Frost School of Music Ensemble Ibis Composition Competition (2019)
•IU New Music Ensemble Commission (2019)
•SCI/ASCAP Commission (2018)
•First prize (State and Southern Division levels)—Music Teachers National Association Composition Competition, 2016
•First prize—Washington Music Teachers Association Young Composer Competition (2014)
•Merit Winner—National YoungArts Foundation (2016)
•Del Mar International Composers Symposium (2022)
•NYO Composer Apprentice Program (2021; as guest artist)
•New Music On The Point (2019)
•Bowdoin Music Festival (2018)
•EAMA-Nadia Boulanger Institute (2017)
•Brevard Sumer Institute (2015)
•Boston University Tanglewood Institute—Young Artist Composition Program (2014)
•Oberlin Conservatory—Composition Workshops (2012 and 2013)
The music of American composer Matthew Schultheis (b. 1997) is influenced by a love of visual art, a reverence for present-day musicians’ inheritance of past musical idioms, and a fascination with the connections performers and listeners make between deeply familiar and newly-heard pieces. In his works, which have been performed across the United States as well as in Europe and Asia, dramatic, sometimes opulent musical gestures are presented alongside rich textures and moments of delicate simplicity, with a keen ear for vibrant instrumental colors and a fastidious attention to detail.
Matthew’s work has been commissioned and performed by the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Attacca, Mivos, and JACK Quartets, and such ensembles as the IU New Music Ensemble and Sound Icon. His music has also appeared in summer festivals at Bowdoin College, Brevard, New Music On the Point, and the EAMA–Nadia Boulanger Institute, as well as at major venues such as Suntory Hall (Tokyo) and the Cité de la Musique (Paris). Upcoming projects in the 2022–23 season include commissions from Ensemble intercontemporain, Miami City Ballet, Giancarlo Latta of the Argus Quartet, and the New York Virtuoso Singers.
Winner of three consecutive BMI Student Composer Awards by age 21, Matthew’s music has received additional awards from ASCAP, the Society of Composers, Inc., the Music Teachers National Association, the National YoungArts Foundation, and internal awards at Indiana University. In 2021, his first work for orchestra, Columbia, In Old Age, received the Palmer Dixon Prize from The Juilliard School for most outstanding work of the year.
Born in the Washington, D.C. area and currently based in New York City, Matthew is pursuing a Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School under Matthias Pintscher. He is an alumnus of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, studying at various times with David Dzubay, Sven-David Sandström, Claude Baker, and Aaron Travers. While a student Indiana, he also studied piano with Jean-Louis Haguenauer and Winston Choi.
An accomplished pianist dedicated to performing new music, Matthew has frequently premiered his own works throughout his time as a student. He was a member and frequent featured soloist of the Indiana University New Music Ensemble from 2016–2019. Performances as a soloist with that ensemble include György Ligeti's Piano Concerto (2018), the American premiere of Bernd Richard Deutsch's Mad Dog (2017), and Carlos Sánchez-Gutiérrez's concerto New Short Stories (2019). He is also active as a conductor, having directed many of his own works as well as those of his colleagues.
•Untitled work for Ensemble intercontemporain (2022)
•Untitled work for the New York Virtuoso Singers (2022)