Silvia Matheus, a national of Brazil, is an internationally accomplished electronic music composer who has been composing with computers and electronics since the 1980.
She graduated from Mills College, Oakland, California, with a Master of Fine Arts in Electronic Music and Recording Media. She has also and attended classes and seminars in interactive music and
performance at UC Berkeley’s Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT), under the direction of David Wessel.
Ms. Matheus’ most influential teacher was Hans Koellreutter from Germany with whom she studied for several years in São Paulo, Brazil where she received her first musical training.
In the eighties, Silvia Matheus built music scores/controllers that were made of glass etched with conductive painting. The glass scores interfaced with electronic instruments acting as a controller.
As a composer, Ms. Matheus focuses her music on fixed media and interactive live performances with computers, electronics, and instrumental ensembles. Her artistic experiments involve collaboration with visual artists and performers in acting, filming, dancing, visuals, and multi-kinetic art
Her compositions have been performed nationally and internationally at, among many other places, the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) in Hong Kong, Canada, Japan, Cuba,
Denmark, and New York; at IESA in the USA; at the Brazilian Symposium for Computer Music; at KISS Symposium in the USA, Belgium, and Germany; and at C60 in Berlin, Germany She received a grant to
work at Danish Electronic Music Studios (DIEM) in the late nineties.
Her multimedia piece called "Hands" for piano (choreographed hands), video, and electronics was performed in Münster and in Cologne, Germany, New York, and in San Francisco, USA, as a part
of "Handscapes", a multimedia piano project organized by Jennifer Hymer.
For many years she has taught radio drama production and post production for youth in the Bay Area. She has also published reviews on cutting-edge aesthetics of computer music in Computer Music
Journal (MIT Press). Her other interest is documentation of art productions, theater, dance, and concerts. She is a professional video and film camera operator, producer and editor. At present, she is involved in collaboration with local theaters in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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