MATTHEW GREENBAUM was born in New York City in 1950. He studied composition with Stefan Wolpe and Mario Davidovsky and holds a Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center. He is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the Serge Koussevitzky Music Funds/Library of Congress Commission for a new work for the Freiburg Ensemble SurPlus, and awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Fromm Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund and the New York Foundation of the Arts.
His works have been presented/performed/commissioned by the Darmstadt Summer Festival, the Leningrad Spring Festival, the Jakart Festival (Indonesia), the Hallische Musiktage, the Fromm Foundation, the Meet the Composer/ Readers Digest Commissioning Fund, Ensemble SurPlus (Freiburg), Nuova Consonanza (Rome), Ensemble 21 (Odense), the Da Capo Chamber Players, Cygnus, Parnassus, Fred Sherry, Marc-André Hamelin, David Holzman, Stephanie Griffin, the Momenta String Quartet, Network for New Music/Penn Council on the Arts, the New York New Music Ensemble, the Group for Contemporary Music, Orchestra 2001, Christopher Taylor and the Riverside Symphony, and the Houston Symphony. His works are published by Tunbridge Music, Cygnus Music and the American Composers Alliance. They have been recorded for Antes, Centaur and CRI.
An all-Greenbaum CD has been released on Centaur Records. The American Academy of Arts and Letters has sponsored the releast of five works on the Furious Artisans label via iTunes. Greenbaum is also a video artist, whose works include APPROXIMATE MAN (video setting of L’homme approximatif for soprano, viola and computer sound), and the music videos ONTOGENY and ON BROADWAY. He is a professor of composition at Temple University. He is currently at work on a book, Musical Dialectic, a study of the interrelationship of musical and philosophical structure. Greenbaum was artistic director of the Stefan Wolpe Centennial Festival NY (2002-3).
He is a professor of composition at Temple University. He is currently at work on a book, Musical Dialectic, a study of the interrelationship of musical and philosophical structure. An all-Greenbaum CD is available on Centaur Records (2004). It includes UNTIMELY OBSERVATIONS for viola and piano, A FLOATING ISLAND (chamber opera), CASTELNAU for string quartet and PROSPECT RETROSPECT for cello and piano. Performers include Fred Sherry, cello; Blair McMillen and David Holzman piano; Stephanie Griffin, viola, the Momenta String Quartet and Network for New Music.