Dr. Matthew Emery is a Canadian composer who “writes with an honesty which enchants” (Vancouver Sun), and whose music is “profoundly beautiful and moving” (CBC Music).  His music has been performed in twenty-eight countries, and recent performance venues include the Great Wall of China, the White House and the Musikverein. Matthew has received over forty commissions and his music has been performed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Chamber Choir, Elmer Iseler Singers, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, National Youth Choir of Canada, European Union Youth Orchestra, Orchestra London, the Art of Time Ensemble, Rolston String Quartet, Dennis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra, musica intima, Erin Wall, Susan Platts, Rena Sharon, Simone Osborne, Leslie Fagan, Tracy Dahl, and the Bach Music Festival of Canada Orchestra.

Dr. Emery studied at the University of British Columbia (B.Mus) and the University of Toronto (M.Mus, DMA). Matthew has received over thirty awards and prizes for his compositions and his work has been included on twenty-four albums, including a Juno nominated disc. His over seventy publications are published by G. Schirmer, Boosey & Hawkes, Hal Leonard and many others.

Dr. Emery currently teaches at Carleton University, and the University of Toronto.

Dr. Emery’s C.V. can be viewed at the bottom of this page.

Spotify Playlist of Dr. Matthew Emery’s music: here


Photo for promotional use (Matthew Emery):

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On stage after the premiere of Unanswered Letters WINNIPEG SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
c. Matt Duboff Photography
Speaking before the premiere of Unanswered Letters WINNIPEG SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
c. Matt Duboff Photography
Speaking to the audience at U of T Philharmonic Orchestra performance of Unanswered Letters
c. Samantha Yao
Listening to Unanswered Letters played by the TORONTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA with score
c. TSO Facebook Page
Recording SING YOUR SONG CD of my choral works with the Amabile Choirs of London, CAN
After the premiere of LEAD US HOME by the National Youth Orchestra
with Mitchell Pady and Jonathan Darlington

Matthew’s works have been sung in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, China (Mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macao), Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Honduras, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom (England, Scotland), and the United States of America

Dr. Emery’s work is supported by the SOCAN Foundation, Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and FACTOR; thank you for supporting living artists.

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