MATTHEW RICKETTS, composer [April 11-12, 2017]

As the composer selected for a commission by ECU students, Matthew Ricketts visits us twice this season to begin the collaborative phase of his commission. He will compose a piano concerto for Dr. Keiko Sekino and the ECU Symphony under the direction of Dr. Jorge Richter, to be delivered December, 2017, and premiered/recorded in the spring, 2018.

In Matthew’s second visit (his first in November, 2016), he shares early sketches for his piano concerto. Our students and pianist Keiko Sekino will read and record these sketches, and we’ll all have an opportunity to exchange ideas, ask questions and be a part of the collaborative process!

Matthew Ricketts’s music has been featured on festivals and concerts in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Nebraska, New York, Austin, Paris and Boston, where his Double Concerto shared for first prize at the ALEA III International Composition Competition in 2007. Matthew is a the recipient of 7 prizes in the SOCAN Foundation’s Awards for Young Composers, a 2013 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award and the 2015 Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award.

[April 12, 2017 Reading @ A.J. Fletcher Rm 110, 12:00pm, free admission]