Matthew Kaner : Born in London in 1986, Matthew read Music at King’s College London, where he was jointly awarded the Purcell Prize for graduating at the top of his year. He then studied with Julian Anderson at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, gaining a distinction for his Masters in 2009, and continued as a Junior Fellow in Composition there the following year.
Matthew has composed works for the London Symphony Orchestra, members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Britten Pears Contemporary Performance Ensemble and Workers Union amongst others. His music has been performed at various venues in the UK and abroad, including Seiji Ozawa Hall, the Barbican Centre, LSO St Luke’s and Snape Maltings, and has featured in the Aldeburgh, Norfolk & Norwich and the City of London Festivals.
He was the Margaret Lee Crofts Fellow in Composition at the Tanglewood Music Center, Massachusetts in the summer of 2012, where he worked and studied with composers George Benjamin, John Harbison, Oliver Knussen and Michael Gandolfi. He attended the Britten-Pears Contemporary Composition course in 2011, where he benefited from the support of composers Colin Matthews and Oliver Knussen.
In 2012, the LSO commissioned him to write a new ten minute work for their 2012/13 concert season, following his participation on the Panufnik Scheme in 2011.
He has taught at King’s College London since 2009 as a tutor of Techniques of Composition and Analysis, and joined the Academic Studies Department of the Guildhall in 2010, where he has also now works in the Composition Department.