Biography

Finn Mattingly (b. Oct. 2004) is a 17 year old composer, political activist, student, and turtle lover from the north shore of Boston, Massachusetts. His music is frequently inspired by natural phenomena along with other art forms including literary and visual arts. He has written for numerous performers and ensembles including Peter Miyamoto, Cindy Wu, Bridget Kibbey, the Pro Musica Chamber Players, and the Aizuri and Julius Quartets, as well as fellow students in a variety of programs.

Recently, Finn wrote “Wide Open Spaces”, for Narrator and Horn Quartet, for the Cotes-Burgan Atrium at the Royal College of Music. The piece, using an excerpted text from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, explores the modern day applications of transcendentalism; in an ever industrializing climate, it is essential to preserve a synthesis of urban developments and natural open air, much as the atrium itself does. The piece will be premiered on March 25th, 2022.

 

In the fall of 2020, Finn wrote "Seaside Contemplation" for Cindy Wu, which employed a variety of harmonic techniques to replicate the juxtaposition between oceanic tranquility and the stress resulting from a pandemic. The piece was premiered in Monterey in November, 2020 as part of Wu's Sunkiss'd Mozart concert series. In February, Finn won Honorable Mention recognition for this piece in Tribeca New Music's Young Composer Competition.​

 

Other recent pieces include "Who Will Paint the Swallows Now?" for solo guitar, which was performed by Felix Collins at the Head On Photo Festival; "Portmanteau," for string quartet, which was read by the Aizuri Quartet as part of the New York Youth Symphony's composition program and performed in the summer of 2021 at the Atlantic Music Festival; and "Postcard from Garrison City," for chamber orchestra, which was read by the Atlantic Music Festival orchestra.

Finn has performed as a pianist and choral singer for over seven years. He was a member of New Hampshire’s All-State Choir (2018 and 2019) and Massachusetts’s Regional Choir (Northeastern District, 2020).  He has appeared in professional, regional, and educational musical theatre productions, including as Danny Zuko in Grease, Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, Albert  in Bye-Bye Birdie, and Gaston in Beauty and the Beast among many others.  As a collaborative pianist, he has accompanied several vocalists and instrumentalists, as well as performing in pit orchestras.

​Finn is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music (Honours) at the Royal College of Music in London as a Humphrey Searle Scholar, studying with Prof. Kenneth Hesketh. Previously, he studied composition with Dr. Rodney Lister and electronic music with Aaron Smith at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, where he won the Senior Award in Composition. He was recently a composition student at the New York Youth Symphony, where his piece for orchestral winds, brass, and percussion, Scintilla, was recently performed. As part of the Symphony's outreach program, he tutored younger students in composition. Finn has attended numerous summer music festivals, including the Curtis Institute of Music’s Young Artists Summer Program, through which he studied with Prof. Nina Young, Dr. Daniel Felsenfeld, Prof. David Ludwig, Dr. Wang Jie, Prof. Shinuh Lee, and Prof. Jonathan Bailey Holland, and Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s High School Composition Intensive, through which he studied with Prof. John Murphree, Prof. Mischa Salkind-Pearl, and Prof. Eun Young Lee, among others. He has attended masterclasses with Martin Bresnick, John Corigliano, Pamela Z, Mari Kimura, Nico Muhly, Jessie Montgomery, Molly Joyce, Chen Yi, Reena Esmail, Gabriela Lena Frank, John Mackey, and Kati Agócs. This summer, he attended the Atlantic Music Festival, where he worked with Professors Reiko Fueting, Pierre Jalbert, Christopher Dobrian, Martin Bresnick, Melinda Wagner, George Tsontakis, Zhou Long, Chen Yi, and David Ludwig.

Finn can be reached at finnian.mattingly@gmail.com.

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