Matthew Davidson, Canadian composer, news and notes


Mar 10 2012 - 12:00am

"The work of Matthew Davidson is written with intelligence and attention to detail."  - Musifax, Quebec.  Belated birthday wishes to Canadian composer Matthew Davidson, who celebrated his 48th birthday on March 10th this year.  Davidson is currently completing work on a new chamber opera called THE SINGING LESSON based on three short stories by Katherine Mansfield. He holds degrees from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, the University of Toronto, Canada, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Apart from concertizing in Canada, New Zealand and the United States, with ragtime, early jazz, “classical” and contemporary music concerts, he actively promotes the work of other composers (both as performer and impresario) and his work has received radio broadcasts in New Zealand, North America and Europe.

Dr. Davidson studied piano privately with John Powell and Rae de Lisle in New Zealand (through whom a lineage may be traced to Franz Liszt), with Bruce Greenfield and Phillipa Ward at the Wellington Polytechnical Institute’s Executant Music Course in New Zealand, privately with Lawrence Pitchko and Harold Heap in Canada and with William Heiles at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States.

Video: Rudolf Haken performs Davidson's dazzling Magyar Rondo on a five-string viola pomposa.


Matthew Davidson Magyar Rondo - Rudolf Haken, 5-string viola