California native Matthew Brown completed his doctoral studies in music composition at the USC Thornton School of Music. His works have been performed throughout the United States and internationally by groups such as The Crossing, VocalEssence, the Antioch Chamber Ensemble, the Young New Yorker’s Chorus, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Cincinnati Boychoir, Balsai (Lithuania), Kantorei (Colorado), Chor Obandes (Japan), Coro de Cámara Ainur (Spain), L.A. Choral Lab, GMCLA, C4 (LA), the USC Chamber Choir, Los Robles Master Chorale, the Atlanta Master Chorale, Inversion Ensemble (Austin, TX), and Circle City Chamber Choir (Indianapolis).
Last year, the Icelandic Guitar Trio performed Brown’s The Speaking Silence (for soprano and guitar ensemble) at the Dark Music Days festival in Reykjavik, and Grammy-winning Chanticleer performed his choral piece (though love be a day) at the San Francisco Conservatory and the Kennedy. In just the last year, his arrangement of True Colors has been performed by choirs from all over the United States as well as in Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, Brazil. In the summer of 2017, Ensemble 14 presented an entire concert of his choral works as part of the annual Bodenseefestival in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
Recent commissions include A Lament for the Dead Pets of Our Childhood for women’s choir, string quartet, euphonium, and synthesizer (9’, for the Pepperdine Women’s Chorus), BURNED for 20-party chorus (5’, by the Golden Bridge Choir, LA), The Beautiful America for chorus and chamber orchestra (42’, by the Astoria Choir, NYC), Afterimage for orchestra (18’, by St. Matthew’s Music Guild, LA), and Hand in Hand at the Edge of the Sky for chamber ensemble (19’, by LA County Arts Commission and Carnegie Observatories).
His orchestrations for pop artist Moby were performed by the LA Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel in October 2018. As a session singer, he has recorded for over 20 soundtracks, most recently Jungle Cruise, Jumanji: The Next Level, The Rise of Skywalker, and The Secret Life of Pets 2. His choral works, described by the New York Times as “quietly mesmerizing,” are featured on the Antioch Chamber Ensemble’s 2013 album (though love be a day) and published by Schott, G. Schirmer, and Hal Leonard.