Matthew Browne, First Place winner
Division 1 (Ages 22-35)
2016 Young Composer Competition

Matthew Browne

Matthew Browne

Matthew Browne’s Great Danger, Keep Out for string quartet has won First Place in Division 1 of the 2016 Young Composer Competition.

Composer Matthew Browne was born in 1988 in Burlington, Vermont. He strives to create music that meets Sergei Diaghilev’s famous challenge to Jean Cocteau: “Astonish me!,” through incorporating such eclectic influences as the timbral imagination and playfulness of György Ligeti, the shocking and humorous eclecticism of Alfred Schnittke, and the relentless rhythmic energy of Igor Stravinsky. His music has been described as “compelling” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) and “beautifully crafted and considered” (What’s On London). Matthew has had the honor to collaborate with such ensembles as the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Villiers Quartet, the Donald Sinta Quartet, the Tesla Quartet, and the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra. His music has been performed in master classes by such renowned artists as Otis Murphy, George Crumb, and the Kronos String Quartet.

Recently, Matthew’s music has received honors such as an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers award (2014), a BMI Student Composer award (2015), winner of the New England Philharmonic Call for Scores (2014), participant at the Minnesota Orchestra Composers Institute (2016), winner of the American Viola Society’s Maurice Gardner Composition award (2014), and a residency at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s First Annual Composers Institute (2013). Matthew 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, and is currently a Doctoral of Musical Arts candidate in Music Composition from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Previous teachers include Michael Daugherty, Kristin Kuster, Carter Pann, and Daniel Kellogg.

As the winner of the Tribeca New Music 2016 Young Composer Competition, Division 1, Matthew received a $1,000 award, and his piece Great Danger, Keep Out was performed April 17th, by the string quartet SEVEN)SUNS, at the cell in NYC on the 2016 Tribeca New Music 2016 Festival.  

2016 Runners Up
Congratulations to everyone who participated in this national competition.  In addition to the First Place piece, Tribeca New Music wishes to acknowledge some of the other exceptional works that were entered:

• The Runners Up category recognizes the top tier of compositions that were in contention to win.

• The Merit Award category recognizes those who have shown great promise with their entries.

Runners Up

Thomas Kotcheff for his bang z
Charles Peck for his Rift & Shade

Merit Awards

Brian Adler for his Binary
Anteo Fabris for his Ocean Beach Cypher
Noam Faingold for his Dark Conscience
Jack Hughes for his Ripple
John Kosch for his Spectrum
Elbert Liu for his creeper's tiny toccata
Tony Manfredonia for his Fear of Disappointment
Stephanie Meyers for her String Quartet No. 1