Matthew J. Pellegrino is an award-winning composer and classically trained oboist with a fascination for new timbral realms of expression, aural extremes, and visceral sonic imagery. He has enjoyed an eclectic musical upbringing; one which combines classical training, electronic sounds, and a brief stint in a metal band. Pellegrino seeks to create music that is, all at once, deeply personal, raw, and darkly humorous.
Matthew has written music for large ensembles, chamber groups, and choirs, as well as scores for film and other media. In 2016, Matthew's Winter Unending, Invincible Summer won the Charles B. Olson award, and has been performed and recorded by the Encore Wind Ensemble. His piece, what if... for pierrot ensemble was recently recorded by the Virtuosi Players of the Brno Filharmonie in the Czech Republic with ABLAZE records. Additionally, he has collaborated with the dance program, film studio, and animation department at the State University of New York at Fredonia. His works have been performed by the Fredonia State University Wind Ensemble, Kent State University New Music Ensemble, West Islip High School Orchestra, and MezzoBlasto Clarinet Quartet.
Matthew was born in 1994 in South Korea and was raised on Long Island, New York. He is currently pursuing his Master's Degree at the Peabody Conservatory under Oscar Bettison, and his primary teachers have been Dr. Rob Deemer, Dr. Sean Doyle, and Dr. Karl Boelter. He now resides in Baltimore, Maryland with his cat, Gnocchi. When not making noise, he can be found hiking, making/eating pasta, or attending local shows.
Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University
-18' Music Composition, M.M.
Fredonia State University
-16' Music Composition & Oboe Performance, B.A.