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Composer and performer of various mediums, Matthew Recio’s evocative compositions generate a vivid imagistic experience for listeners. His collaborations with dancers, artists, writers, and filmmakers offer a full spectrum of auditory and visual sensations. He is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the Ithaca College School of Music with a B.M. in music composition and music education. At Ithaca he studied composition under the direction of Dana Wilson as a Charles F. Hockett composition scholar, piano under Deborah Martin, and clarinet under Michael Galvan. At Ithaca he was chosen to partake in numerous composition master classes under the direction of David Rakowski, Steven Mackey, Sebastian Currier, and Melinda Wagner.
Matthew's work has been recognized in competitions at Ithaca and on an international level. For three consecutive years his work was recognized in the Smadbeck Composition Competition, earning him first prize and second prize twice for his works Canvas Sketches, Metamorphosis, and Italian Visions, respectively. His choral work, Through a Lens, received honors through the American Choral Directors Association at Ithaca College. In July 2012, he was chosen to participate in the Atlantic Music Festival hosted at Colby College where he studied composition under David Ludwig, Andrew Thomas, Stephen Cabell, and Robert Patterson. This summer he was selected to be a part of the Emerging Composer Program at the Imani Winds Festival and is thrilled to be able to collaborate with talented musicians.