Matthew Burtner

(1970 - )

Matthew Burtner’s music and sound art has been described by The Wire as “some of the most eerily effective electroacoustic music I’ve heard,” and 21st Century Music writes "There is a horror and beauty in this music that is most impressive." First prize winner of the Musica Nova International Electroacoustic Music Competition he has also received honors and awards from Bourges, Gaudeamus, Darmstadt, Prix d’Ete, Meet the Composer, ASCAP, Luigi Russolo, AMC, and Hultgren Biennial. Commissioners include CrossSound, Quincena Festival (Spain), Musik-I-Nordland (Norway), Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Peabody Trio, SpectriSonori, Augsburg Festival (Germany), Ascolto (Germany), and Ensemble Noise. His work has been recorded for DACO (Germany), The WIRE (U.K.), Centaur (USA), Innova (USA), and Euridice (Norway). Burtner teaches composition and computer music at the University of Virginia where he is Associate Director of the VCCM Computer Music Center. Originally from Alaska, he studied philosophy, composition, saxophone and computer music at St. Johns College, Tulane University, Iannis Xenakis's UPIC-Studios, the Peabody Institute/Johns Hopkins and Stanford University/CCRMA. In 2005 and 2006 he was an Invited Researcher at IRCAM/Centre-George-Pompidou, Paris. He has been composer-in-residence at Musikene (Spain), Banff Centre (Canada), Simon Fraser University (Canada), the IUA/Phonos-Institute (Spain), and the Cite-International-des-Arts (France).