•Three BMI Student Composer Awards (2017, 20182019)

•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)


•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)


Matthew Schultheis (b. 1997) is a composer and pianist from Virginia. He is currently pursuing a B.M. in composition at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University as a Jacobs Scholar. His principal teachers in composition have included David Dzubay, Sven-David Sandström, Aaron Travers, and Don Freund. Winner of three consecutive BMI Student Composer Awards, he has received additional awards from ASCAP, SCI, the Music Teachers National Association, and the National YoungArts Foundation. In 2018 he was commissioned by the Society of Composers, Inc. to write a new work for members of the Sound Icon Ensemble to premiered at SCI’s national conference in March 2019. In 2019 he was commissioned by Indiana University to write a new work to be premiered by their New Music Ensemble (dir. David Dzubay).

His original works have been performed by the Mivos Quartet, the Sound Icon Ensemble, Claire Chase, Jenny Lin, Sō Percussion, and the Del Sol String Quartet. He has attended composition festivals at Bowdoin, Tanglewood, the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the Brevard Summer Music Institute, and the EAMA–Nadia Boulanger Institute in Paris.

An accomplished pianist, Matthew currently studies with Jean-Louis Haguenauer at IU; past teachers include Winston Choi and Lisa Emenheiser. He has given performances at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and with the 21st Century Consort. He was the pianist for the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra from 2013-2016 and returned as a guest soloist for their 2016/17 season. Actively involved in performing new music, he has been a member of the Indiana University New Music Ensemble since 2016. He made his solo debut with NME in April 2018, performing György Ligeti's Piano Concerto.


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© 2019 by Matthew Schultheis