A voice of aesthetic openness, exquisite taste, extreme craftsmanship, and a rare synthesis of the rational and the emotional.
Mats Liljeroos, Hufvudstadsbladet
There is something grand and disarmingly all-embracing about Matthew Whittall’s 12-prelude cycle Leaves of Grass.
Jukka Isopuro, Helsingin Sanomat
Whittall understands the cold poetry of ice and darkness.
Hannu-Ilari Lampila, Helsingin Sanomat

Canadian-Finnish composer Matthew Whittall (b. 1975) began his studies as a hornist in Montreal. He earned degrees in performance and composition from Vanier College, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Stony Brook University, before settling in Finland in 2001. There he studied at the Sibelius Academy, receiving his Doctor of Music degree with honors in 2013. Whittall’s prolific output covers a wide variety of genres, particularly orchestra, voice, chorus, chamber and solo instrumental works, with occasional forays into electronics. His works have been commissioned by the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Finnish Radio Symphony, the Helsinki and Vancouver Chamber Choirs, and Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, among others. His music has featured in festivals and radio broadcasts worldwide. In 2013, his work “Dulcissima, clara, sonans”, a setting of poetry by Hildegard of Bingen for soprano and orchestra, won Finland’s highest composition award, the Teosto Prize.

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