Matt Van  Brink, composer, pianist, accordionist

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MATT VAN BRINK is a composer, educator, lyricist and pianist living in New York. He heads the songwriting and composition department at Concordia Conservatory in Bronxville, New York, and has created numerous new works for its student performers including an evening-length chamber music song cycle "Kiss the Stars Goodnight," numerous pieces of chamber music and a dozen one-act musicals for the classroom and for the holiday season.

He has also been commissioned by New York Youth Symphony, Celebrity Series of Boston, Collage New Music, Manhattan Choral Ensemble and C4, has created arrangements for Polygraph Lounge, Polkastra, and violinist Lara St. John, and his compositions and arrangements are published by Schott Music, Tenuto Publications, Hayo Music and by his own Schnitzel Music. He was the 2011-2012 composer-not-in-residence for San Francisco Choral Artists. Van Brink has received residencies from the MacDowell Colony, the Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico and the Ionion Center for Arts and Culture, and prizes from ASCAP, VocalEssence, San Francisco Choral Artists, TransforMusic, and the Delius Competition, and the Northridge Composition Prize.

As a performer, Van Brink has worked in a large variety of musical settings -- in concert music, jazz, folk, and other genres -- primarily as a pianist, accordionist, and vocalist. He has directed cabarets, produced and conducted performances and recordings, and has played in bands and ensembles in venues ranging from very large to quite small.

Van Brink's composition students have won national composition competitions, have been accepted to the country's best music schools, and have established lively careers in music. He himself studied composition with John Harbison and Lukas Foss at Boston University, where he received a doctorate, and with David Dzubay, Samuel Adler, and Don Freund during his undergraduate years at Indiana University.