Commissions

Commissions have come from such organizations as The Harrington/Loewen Duo, Meduse, the Onix Ensemble, Agassiz Music Festival and Agassiz Chamber Music Series, the Mexico City Woodwind Quintet, BIT 20 Ensemble, the Mondriaan Quartet, the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, the Carlos Chavez Orchestra, the Kiev Camerata Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Hilliard Ensemble, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, the Molinari String Quartet, the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Ensemble Resonance, the Thira Ensemble, Vancouver New Music Society, the Roseberry Orchestra (U.K.), Prairie Theatre Exchange, CBC Radio, Aurora Musicale, Music Inter Alia, and the Korean chapter of the International Society for Contemporary Music. Matthews has also written works for performers Therese Costes, Alejandro Escuer, Lori Freedman, Corey Hamm, Beverly Johnston, Sarah Kirsch, Sara Laimon, Paul Marleyn, Poul Rosenbaum, Shirley Sawatzky, Harry Sparnaay and Peter Vinograde

List of Commissions

2013 Soló queda el desierto – Commissioned by L’Orchestre de chambre de Montréal
2012 and the sky caught – Commissioned by Trio “86 (Manitoba Arts Council)
2011 String Quartet No. 4 – Commissioned by the Penderecki Quartet (Manitoba Arts Council)
2010 Concerto for Flute and Orchestra – Commissioned by Alejandro Escuer and the San Luis Potosi Symphony Orchestra (Manitoba Arts Council)
2009 The bench of shadow – Commissioned by the Quasar Quartet (Canada Council)
2009 Concerto for Flute and Orchestra – Commissioned by Alejandro Escuer and the San Luis Potosí Symphony Orchestra (Manitoba Arts Council)
2007 El Viento Helado – Commissioned by the Mexico City Woodwind Quintet
2007 De Reflejo a Fulgor – Commissioned by the Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras
2007 Night Music – Commissioned by John Racaru
2005 The Skin of Night – Commissioned by the Harrington/Loewen Duo (Canada Council)
2005 A Star of Solitude – Commissioned by the Meduse Ensemble (Manitoba Arts Council)
2005 The Language of Water – Commissioned by the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra (Manitoba Arts Council)
2004 Symphony No. 3 – Commissioned by the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra
2004 Prince Kaspar – Chamber Opera in 13 scenes
2004 Piano Quartet – Commissioned by the Agassiz Chamber Music Festival
2003 Away, Tear Away – Commissioned by the Mexico City Woodwind Quintet (Manitoba Arts Council)
2003 String Quartet No. 2 – Commissioned by the Mondriaan String Quartet
2002 Fire falls, ice falls – Commissioned by the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra
2002 . . . far off, toward forgetting . . – Commissioned by the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra
2002 Particles of One – Commissioned by the BIT20 Ensemble
2002 Prelude to Macbeth – Commissioned by the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra
2002 Hommage à György Kurtág – Commissioned by the Agassiz Chamber Music Festival
2002 Across the Glass – Commissioned by Therese Costes
2002 Wondering – Commissioned by the Canadian Music Centre
2001 Song Fragments – Commissioned by the Agassiz Chamber Players
2000 Las Blancas Sombras – Commissioned by Ian Hodges and Charlene Pauls (Manitoba Arts Council)
2000 Miniatures – Commissioned by the Molinari String Quartet
2000 Vertical Garden – Commissioned by Flautist Alejandro Escuer
2000 expecting/the sun – Commissioned by Ensemble Resonance (Canada Council)
2000 Concerto for Cello and Orchestra – Commissioned by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (Canada Council)
2000 The Deeper Sky – Commissioned by the University of Manitoba Wind Ensemble (Manitoba Arts Council)
1999 String Quartet No. 1 – Commissioned by the Cuarteto Latinoamericano
1999 . . . of the rolling worlds – Commissioned by Harry Sparnaay
1998 Partita – Images/Fragments – Commissioned by the Winnipeg Chamber Music Society (Manitoba Arts Council)
1998 Fantasy/Nocturne – Commissioned by Corey Hamm (Canada Council)
1998 Into the Page of Night – Commissioned by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (Manitoba Arts Council)
1997 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra – Commissioned by the Carlos Chavez Orchestra of Mexico City (Canada Council)
1997 Ernst Toller: Requiem for an Idea – Written with the assistance of a Composer Development Grant (Manitoba Arts Council)
1996 Concerto for Percussion and Wind Ensemble – Commissioned by the University of Manitoba Wind Ensemble (Manitoba Arts Council)
1996 Lorca Sketches – Commissioned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
1996 Concerto Grosso – Commissioned by the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra (Manitoba Arts Council)
1995 Deux chansons d’amour – Commissioned by the Eckhardt–Gramatté Foundation (Canada Council, Manitoba Arts Council)
1994 Symphony No. 1 – Commissioned by the Kiev Camerata Orchestra (Canada Council)
1994 Matrix – Commissioned by the John Henderson Junior High School Wind Ensemble (Manitoba Arts Council)
1993 In Emptiness, Over Emptiness – Commissioned by the International Computer Music Association
1993 Two Night Pieces – Commissioned by the Hilliard Ensemble (Canada Council)
1993 Scattered Mirrors – Commissioned by pianist Shirley Sawatzky for a 1993 tour of Atlantic Canada (Manitoba Arts Council)
1992 Out of the Earth – Commissioned by Owen Underhill and the Vancouver New Music Society for their 1992-93 season (Manitoba Arts Council)
1992 Dog and Crow – A play by Michael Springate – incidental music commissioned by Prairie Theatre Exchange for the world premier production
1992 The North Revisited – Commissioned by CBC Radio as part of a special series of programs dedicated to Glenn Gould
1992 Music for Ancient Spaces – Commissioned by the St. Norbert Arts and Cultural Centre for a festival celebrating their official opening (Manitoba Arts Council)
1991 Between the Wings of the Earth – Commissioned by Simon Streatfeild and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra for their 1992-93 season (Manitoba Arts Council)
1991 Rooms of Light – Commissioned by the Winnipeg Singers (Manitoba Arts Council)
1991 The Raft – A play by Patrick Friesen – incidental music commissioned by Prairie Theatre Exchange for the world premier production
1990 Layerings – vibraphone and tape – Commissioned by percussionist Beverly Johnston (Canada Council)
1990 Four Songs of Japan – Commissioned by pianist Delores Keahey for the 1990-91 season of Ivory Echoes (Manitoba Arts Council)
1990 Three Echoes – Commissioned by the University of Manitoba Suzuki Orchestra
1990 Landscape – Commissioned by pianist Margaret Bruce and the Roseberry Orchestra (U.K.) (Manitoba Arts Council)
1990 Songs of the Masked Dancers – Commissioned by Thira for their 1989-90 season
1989 Of Time and Sky – Commissioned by Danish pianist Poul Rosenbaum (Manitoba Arts Council)
1988 The First Sea – Commissioned by bass clarinettist Lori Freedman for a performance at the Music Gallery in Toronto
1987 Wind Sketches – Commissioned by Aurora Musicale for their 10th-anniversary concert season (Manitoba Arts Council)
1987 The Far Field – Commissioned by Kazuhiro Koizumi and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for their 1987-88 season (Canada Council)
1986 Castilla – Commissioned by Music Plus (Manitoba Arts Council)
1986 Piano Trio – Commissioned by The Manitoba Trio (Manitoba Arts Council)
1985 Into a Long Moment – Commissioned by Music Inter Alia (Manitoba Arts Council)
1984 Prelude – Commissioned by the Taejon Wind Ensemble (Korea)
1984 Stone and Silence – Commissioned by the Mokwon University Orchestra (Korea)
1984 Five Poems of Walt Whitman – Commissioned by the International Society for Contemporary Music, Korea Chapter
1984 Folk Songs – Commissioned by soprano Therese Costes
1983 Elegy – Commissioned by pianist Charles Horton
1982 Mosaic – Commissioned by the chamber ensemble BL Lacerta
1981 Woman – Commissioned by filmmaker S.D. Cassidy
1979 if there are any heavens – Commissioned by soprano Therese Costes

Request a Commission

Individuals, ensembles, and organizations from any country may apply for funding to commission a new work from me. This may be done either through the Canada Council for the Arts or the Québec Arts Council. If the application is successful, the entire commissiong fee would be payed by the council, with no cost to the commissioning body. The application prodecure is simple and I would be pleased to help you with it.

Please send me an email if you have any questions about any of this.
Thank you for your interest in my music.

-Michael Matthews