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Matti Kovler
February 7, 2011, 1:30 am
Filed under: Composers


Matti Kovler

Born: September 14, 1980

Current Location: Boston, MA



Matti Kovler’s music has been praised for its “emotive potency” (New York Times), “bold orchestral colors” (The Boston Globe) and described as “part mystical, part comical” (Grade A Entrepreneurs). Recent projects included a Carnegie Hall commission—a monodrama for soprano and chamber ensemble; the work, Here Comes Messiah!, was premiered at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall in 2009.

Called by Steve Smith of the New York Times “a potentially estimable operatic composer in the making,” Matti wrote his first opera at the age of 17. His works have since been performed in Jerusalem, Amsterdam, Boston, Oslo and New York, by the Metropole Orchestra (Holland), Fox Studios Orchestra (Los Angeles), the Ariel Quartet (Boston) and the Brillaner Duo (Berlin).

Kovler’s musical influences include Jewish folklore, “third stream” improvisation, a deep fascination with Janacek and Bartok polymodality, and the cult writings of the French theatre philosopher Antonin Artaud.

Born in Moscow and raised in Israel, Matti is a recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship for study in the US—he is now pursuing his doctoral work at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Among other recognitions are fellowships at the Tanglewood and the Aspen Music Festivals, the Theodore Presser Award and the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award.

Music © 2011 Matti Kovler

Photograph © 2011 Wiebe Postma

Excerpt 1. Here Comes Messiah! Commissioned by Carnegie Hall, The Golijov/Upshaw Workshop Ensemble, conducted by Alan Pierson. Tehila Nini Goldstein – soprano. Libretto by Janice Silverman Rebibo.

Excerpt 2. The Escape of Jonah Commissioned by The Jerusalem Music Centre. Performed by Matti Kovler (voice, piano) Reut Rivka (soprano), NEC Vocal Ensemble (recorded track) Itzchak Weissmehl, Reut Livnat, Maayan Smith, Daniel Pintus – saxophones, Itamar Ben Yakir – trumpet, Dor Magen – trombone, Nadav Rogel-percussion. Libretto by Sivan Beskin.

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Theme Music composed by Sarah Horick

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