in memory of Ruth Jean Gurwitz.
Composer Mathew Mason attended the 2016 Competition Winners’ Recital Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 3:00 PM, and spoke about the inspiration behind his SAIPC Commissioned Work.
Matthew Mason is an award-winning composer and pianist based in Houston. Born in Brownfield, Texas in 1975, he began writing music at the age of 11. At age 16 he won the TMTA pre-college composition award for his Nocturne for Solo Piano, which was compared favorably to the piano sonata of Alban Berg. Years of intense piano study followed. Mr. Mason earned a degree in piano performance from the University of Houston under Nancy Weems, and later attended the University of Southern California for graduate work, also in piano, with Antoinette Perry.
While at USC he composed a Toccata for piano that the San Antonio Express-News called a “jazzy work of jaw-dropping virtuosity” – the piece was also the recipient of the 2001 Emil and Ruth Beyer composition award.
Mr. Mason, also active in the world of film and commercial music, received a Telly Award in 2012 for his original music for Habitat for Humanity.
Mr. Mason resides in Houston where he owns a music school and composes, including his “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” for piano soloist and orchestra.