Mathew Rosenblum's (b. 1954) music is a synthesis of diverse elementsderived from classical, jazz, rock, and world music traditions. Hisworks have been performed throughout the United States and Europeincluding the 1990 ISCM World Music Days in Oslo, De Ijsbreker inAmsterdam, the Tonhalle in Düsseldorf, the Bing Theater in LA., theFestival of New American Music in Sacramento, and at the Sonic BoomFestival, the Kitchen, Merkin Hall, and Miller Theater in New YorkCity by ensembles including the California Ear Unit, Newband, theRascher Saxophone Quartet, the New York New Music Ensemble, theChicago Contemporary Players, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble,Sequitur, Speculum Musicae, and many others.
Recent commissions and awards include Red Dust, a multi-mediachamber opera, commissioned by Sequitur in conjunction with OperaTheater of Pittsburgh and Meet The Composer's Commissioning Music/USA(2003), a Heinz Endowments Creative Heights Award for Red Dust(2004), Double Concerto for baritone saxophone, percussion, andorchestra commissioned by the Fromm Foundation and the BostonModern Orchestra Project (2004), Under The Rainbow (2002) forflute and computer generated sound commissioned by Patti Monson,Shadow Waltz (2002) for piano and sampler commissioned by EricMoe, and Möbius Loop (2000) for Saxophone Quartet and ChamberOrchestra commissioned by the Rascher Saxophone Quartet and premieredin Düsseldorf Germany in March 2000.
In the fall of 2001 he was a core participant in the AmericanComposers Orchestra¹s OrchestraTech Festival and Conference in NewYork City where his piece Nü kuan tzu, for singers, samplers,and chamber orchestra, was one of twenty works featured on thefestival. In the fall of 1998 he toured with the New York New MusicEnsemble as they performed several of his works at the Sonic BoomFestival in New York City, the Bing Theater in Los Angeles, and theFestival of New American Music in Sacramento where he was a featuredcomposer. Other honors include two Pennsylvania Council on the ArtsMusic Fellowship Grants (1994, 1998), two Fromm Foundation Commissions(1993, 2004), a National Endowment for the Arts Music Fellowship Grant(1992), and a New York Foundation for the Arts Artists FellowshipGrant (1989). He has also received awards and fellowships from the NewJersey State Council on the Arts (1981), the Institute of ContemporaryAmerican Music (1981), the Rockefeller Foundation (1980), BMI (1978),the MacDowell Colony (1987,1989), the Djerassi Foundation (1987), andYaddo (1987).
His music is available on the Mode, Albany, Opus One, and CRIEmergency Music labels. He is a Professor of Music at the Universityof Pittsburgh and also co-directs the Music on the Edge new musicseries in Pittsburgh.