Matthew C. Weiss
Matthew Charles Weiss is chiefly an historicist composer and is a proud member of The Delian Society which is an international body of men and women dedicated to the renascence of Tonal Art Music. Matt has composed over 30 works of various genres, many of which are currently under revision and will be available in the future.
Along with being a fine composer, he is also a solo, orchestral, and chamber violinist of the highest caliber. He began playing the violin at age 4 and composed his first classical composition in his teens while studying music theory at the Northwest School of the Arts, Humanities, and Environment. Later, he spent 2 years at the Evergreen State College where he studied Western Literature and Computer Science. Following this he transferred to the University of Washington School of Music and in 1991 earned a degree in Violin Performance while studying with Steven Staryk and serving under the baton of Maestro Peter Erös. He previously studied violin with Walter Schwede, Gwen Thompson, Mara Dvonch, Emanuel Zetlin, Denes Zsigmondy, Mari Nakamura, and Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. Matt studied music theory and composition with Ken Benshoof, Diane Thome, and James Beale at the University of Washington and privately with William McGreal and James William Clarke who also instructs him in piano, voice, and conducting.
Matt has been a soloist with numerous orchestras including performances of the Brahms Violin Concerto in D major, Op.77, Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen, Op.20, No.1, the Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in a minor Op. 28 by Camille Saint-Saëns, the Scottish Fantasy in E-flat major, op. 46 by Max Bruch, the Mozart Violin Concerto in G major No.3, KV 216, the Mozart Violin Concerto in D major No.4, the Mozart Violin Concerto in A major No.5, KV 219, the Bach Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042, the Bach Concerto for Two Violins in d minor, BWV 1043, the Bach Concerto in c minor for Oboe and Violin, BWV 1060, the Bach Concerto for 3 Violins in D major, BWV 1064, and the Corelli Concerto Grosso No. 8 in g minor (Christmas Concerto).
Matt is the concertmaster and president of the Octava Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Johan Louwersheimer, is the first violinist of the one and only Trio Con Brio®, assistant concertmaster of the Lake Union Civic Orchestra directed by Maestro Christophe Chagnard, and has been the concertmaster of a number of orchestras including the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra with the late Maestro Nico Snell, the University of Washington Symphony Orchestra with Maestro Peter Erös, and the world-renowned Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra with Maestro Vilem Sokol.
Matt performed frequently in recital and in live radio broadcasts on Classical King FM 98.1 with the late pianist Joel Salsman. The repertoire included works of the great composers such as Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, etc. as well as contemporary Northwest composers such as Alan Hovhaness, John Verrall, James Beale, Gloria Swisher, and others.
Matt also has a keen interest in the classical and folk music of India and currently studies tabla from the world-renowned tabla virtuouso Vishal Nagar of the Delhi gharana, and recently appeared in recital with Vishal and Ujwal Nagar, performing a violin lehra in Charukeshi raga as Vishal and Ujwal presented a stunning tabla duet.
Matt's works that are being published by Editions Musica Ferrum:
Variations on "La Folia" for violin duet