Matthew Schreibeis is an American composer based in Hong Kong.

immaus in Finland

Finnish friends: look out for a performance of my solo violin work, immaus, scheduled for December 12 at the Sibelius Music Institute in Hämeenlinna. The work will be presented by violinist Sini Virtanen, who did a splendid job with it in Tampa in March. Read more →

Parallel Lives Premiere

Last night I enjoyed the premiere of my new work, Parallel Lives, by ensemble mise-en at their venue in Brooklyn.  The performance was wonderful, and it was especially meaningful to hear my work live for the first time since the… Read more →

For Your Consideration

Very happy that Sandburg Songs, my 2016 song cycle on texts from Carl Sandburg’s Chicago Poems, is on the first ballot for Best Contemporary Composition in this year’s Grammy Awards. Making this recording on Albany Records was a real labor… Read more →

In Steven’s World

I’ve spent the last two months at the Library of Congress going through the Steven Stucky Papers as part of a 2-year funded research project from the Hong Kong Research Grants Council.  What began as a planned one-month visit turned… Read more →

Kent State Lecture

I’m looking forward to speaking with students at Kent State University this coming Monday, October 3! When speaking with students, I find it useful to think a bit about how we learn to compose and how our backgrounds and early… Read more →

Sandburg Songs on WUSF

My 2016 song cycle, Sandburg Songs, part of my recent portrait CD release, will be featured on this week’s Modern Notebook on WUSF in Tampa. Tune in to hear Tony Arnold, Zohn Collective, and conductor Tim Weiss this Sunday, September 26, starting at 8pm… Read more →

ensemble mise-en Premiere

I’m happy to confirm that my new work for ensemble mise-en, Parallel Lives, will be premiered on October 28 in New York.  This work was one of six that were selected from a worldwide call-for-proposals as part of the mise-en… Read more →

Stucky at the Library of Congress

After significant delays due to Covid, I’m on my way to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., to begin archival research on the music of my former teacher, the late Steven Stucky (1949-2016).  My work is part of a… Read more →

They Say on WUSF

Tune in to Modern Notebook on WUSF this Sunday night at 8pm EST to hear Dieter Hennings perform my guitar work, They Say. This 3-movement work is part of my recent Albany Records portrait CD release. Thanks to host and… Read more →

James Primosch (1956-2021)

My former teacher and dissertation advisor, James Primosch, has died, age 64. Jim was an honest, warm, caring, compassionate human being, and I will miss him. I learned the music of many wonderful composers through him: Davidovsky, Perle, Martino, and… Read more →

Sandburg Songs CD Release

I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that Sandburg Songs has been released on Albany Records. My portrait CD features the renowned soprano Tony Arnold with Zohn Collective and conductor Tim Weiss in my large-scale song cycle based on Carl Sandburg’s Chicago… Read more →

Inner Truth in Florida

I’m very happy to hear that Eunmi Ko will be performing Inner Truth at the Swan City Piano Festival in Florida this June. Eunmi has been championing this work, which I wrote as part of a larger series of commissions… Read more →

Music and Language Book Chapter

I was happy to receive a copy of the new book, Crossing Borders, Making Connections: Interdisciplinarity in Linguistics (Allison Burkette and Tamara Warhol, editors), in the mail today. This volume, published by De Gruyter, features a chapter I co-authored with… Read more →

Steven Stucky’s “Patterns of Influence”

I’m very happy to have been awarded a General Research Fund (GRF) Grant from Hong Kong’s Research Grants Council to support research on the orchestral work of my former teacher, the late Steven Stucky.  The GRF Grant is the most… Read more →

immaus in Tampa

My solo violin work, immaus, will be performed by violinist Sini Virtanen during the New Music Festival and Symposium at the University of South Florida in Tampa in March.  I’m especially grateful that my work will be included as part… Read more →

Mise-en Update

With the uncertainties of the pandemic, it’s not surprising that many performing arts groups are being forced to cancel or reschedule events. With this in mind, I’ve learned that the premiere of my work, Parallel Lives, as part of the… Read more →

Ditson Fund Award

I’m so pleased to learn that my upcoming portrait CD with Albany Records has received funding from the Alice M. Ditson Fund at Columbia University.  I expect the CD to be out later this spring and am so impressed with… Read more →

Mise-en Festival 2020

I’m very pleased to be one of seven composers from around the world selected to compose a new work for New York City-based ensemble mise-en for this year’s Mise-en Festival, to take place June 23-28 in New York.  My planned work is… Read more →

Musical Reunions in Hong Kong

Over the last two weeks, the stars have aligned, and three old friends descended upon Hong Kong to once again prove how small the music world really is.  To begin, percussionist Sean Connors of Third Coast Percussion was in town… Read more →

Kinetic Attractions in Tampa

I’m very happy that my percussion quartet, Kinetic Attractions, has been selected for performance by McCormick Percussion Group, Robert McCormick, director, during the International New Music Festival at the University of South Florida, in Tampa, this coming April.  This will… Read more →

Chou Wen-chung (1923-2019)

With my recent travels, I was unable to honor the great  Chou Wen-chung in a timely way following his death on October 25.  I would simply like to say that hearing him speak about his life and work when I was… Read more →

Rands’ Dream Premiere

As I prepare to head back to Hong Kong, I wanted to offer some overall thoughts, a review of sorts, on the premiere of Bernard Rands’ Dream with the Chicago Symphony and Music Director Riccardo Muti. This is a mature… Read more →

Rands in Conversation

By now settled in to the Chicago chill, I’ve had a chance to speak with Bernard Rands and for both of us to hear the first rehearsal of his new work, Dream, with the Chicago Symphony and Music Director Riccardo… Read more →

Interpreting Bernard Rands’ Dream

This week I’m heading to Chicago to meet with composer Bernard Rands for a series of interviews and to attend rehearsals and performances of his new work, Dream, with the Chicago Symphony and Music Director Riccardo Muti.  What a privilege… Read more →