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Matthew Bridgham (born April 13, 1989) is an American composer, arranger, and pianist.
Early life and education
Bridgham was born in Danville, Indiana. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Indianapolis. His composition teachers have included Aaron Jay Kernis, Martin Bresnick, John Berners, Evan Chambers, Hannah Lash, and Bright Sheng.
His 2017 work for four improvising instruments, Avon Yard, based on the sounds of the trains where he grew up, was hailed by longtime Indiana music critic, Jay Harvey, as “the most intimate, subdued evocation of railroad matters ever attempted in music.” He is currently an adjunct instructor at the University of Indianapolis.
His 2018 album Stardew Valley Piano Collections debuted at #11 on Billboard's Classical Charts. He maintains an active YouTube channel where he uploads his arrangements of popular and obscure video game music.
Notable concert works
- Chaconne for viola and orchestra (2020)
- Three Salon Pieces for violin, cello, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, piano (2020)
- Partita for soprano sax and english horn (2020)
- Sonata-Fantasy for two pianos four hands (2019)
- Bagatelle for two pianos four hands (2019)
- Fantasy on Themes from The Tempest by Thomas Adès for cello and piano (2018)
- Avon Yard for four improvising instruments (2017)
- "Spring" Sonata for violin and piano (2016-17)
- Variations for oboe, bassoon, and piano (2015)
- Pas de deux for two cellos (2014)
- "Pain" for voice and piano (2020); text by Brooklyn Raines
- "Starsea" for voice and chamber ensemble (2016); text by Dakota Miller
- "Sweetfeather" for voice and piano (2014); text by Kat Finch.
- "Grandma on the Berry Trees" for high voice and piano (2013); text by Nate Brock
- Sonata Rustica for solo piano (2020)
- Impromptu for John for solo piano (2019)
- Nocturne No.2, "Starsea" for solo piano (2019)
- Variations on a Theme by Eric Adamshick for solo cello (2018)
- Fantasy for marimba (2017)
- Nocturne No.1 for solo piano (2008)
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- ""Songs of the Earth" – Yale Composers' Art Song Program". Albany Symphony. Retrieved 2020-03-16.
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- Matthew Bridgham official website
- Matthew Bridgham on Linkedin
- Matthew Bridgham on Twitter
- Matthew Bridgham on Billboard
- Matthew Bridgham on youtube
- Matthew Bridgham on Spotify
- Matthew Bridgham on Google Play Music
- Bridgham's page at SheetMusicPlus
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