•Finalist—ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards (2020)

•Three BMI Student Composer Awards (2017, 20182019)

•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)


Matthew Schultheis (b. 1997) is a composer and pianist from Virginia. A recipient of the 2020 Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship, he is currently pursuing a master's degree in composition at the Juilliard School, studying with Matthias Pintscher. In 2019, he earned his bachelor's degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Other principal teachers in composition have included Claude Baker, David Dzubay, Sven-David Sandström, and Aaron Travers. 


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. His works have been performed by such soloists and ensembles as the Mivos Quartet, the Sound Icon Ensemble, Austin Wulliman of the JACK Quartet, Claire Chase, Jenny Lin, Sō Percussion, and the Del Sol 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. Recent commissions include Archons, written in 2019 for the Indiana University New Music Ensemble (dir. David Dzubay); and Intermediocommissioned by the Society of Composers, Inc. and ASCAP for members of the Sound Icon Ensemble to premiered at SCI’s national conference in March 2019.

An accomplished pianist, his primary piano teachers at IU were Jean-Louis Haguenauer and Winston Choi. He has given performances at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and with the 21st Century Consort. Actively involved in performing new music, he was a member and frequent featured soloist of the Indiana University New Music Ensemble from 2016–2019. His first appearance as a soloist with that ensemble was in April 2018, performing György Ligeti's Piano Concerto.


Feuilletons for piano (2020)

•Untitled string sextet (2020)

Columbia, In Old Age for orchestra (2020)

Two Anthems for trombone and organ (2021, commission from twoRESONATE)


•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)

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