Matthew Browne,
2014 Call for Scores Winner

Browne_headshot2The New England Philharmonic (NEP) has selected How the Solar System Was Won by Matthew Browne, winner of the Call for Scores competition. The composition was performed by the NEP under the direction of Richard Pittman at their May 2, 2015 concert.

NEP began Call for Scores in 1985 to showcase a contemporary classical music composition by an emerging composer. This year’s Call for Scores received 50 entries from 7 countries. “Matt Browne’s How the Solar System Was Won shows remarkable imagination and facility in writing for the orchestra,” said NEP’s Composer-in-Residence, David Rakowski. “The piece is a tone poem that surrounds mercurial, brassy, and hair-raising music with slow, ethereal, atmospheric passages … everyone in the orchestra will have a ball with it.”

Vermont native and composer Matthew Browne strives to create music that meets Diaghilev’s famous challenge–“to astonish.” His recent compositions have incorporated such eclectic influences as the timbral imagination of György Ligeti, the shocking and humorous polystylism of Alfred Schnittke, and the relentless energy of Igor Stravinsky.

Mr. Browne is a recipient of the 2014 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award and the 2014 American Viola Society’s Maurice Gardner Composition Award. His recent collaborators include the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet, the Tesla String Quartet, and the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Browne holds a Master of Music in Music Composition from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is currently pursuing his Doctoral of Musical Arts in Music Composition from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

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