Matthew Kaner

Encounters at Lucerne Festival

I’m now back from Lucerne following the premiere of my new orchestral piece Encounters, with the superb Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra and Jeffrey Means, and am stuck in with teaching back at the Guildhall School. The concert, also featuring new works by Lisa Streich and Luca Frascenconi, was recorded live, and you can listen to the entire programme, as broadcast on RadioSRF here (until 20 October 2017).

Pictured right is a snapshot from the workshops last year, with mentor Wolfgang Rihm and visiting composer Helmut Lachenmann from the 2016 festival in the background. Below you’ll also find the final project video, offering special insights and behind-the-scenes interviews about the development process for the piece from the commissioner, Roche, alongside interviews with conductor Jeffrey Means, Wolfgang Rihm and scientist Angela Dischinger from Roche.

Posted on October 3, 2017

BBC / Embedded Residency finished!

Matthew Kaner Radio 3 composer in residence, Guy Johnston, cellist, James Birtwistle studio manager and Andy King producer in Maida Vale studio 3, on Thursday 3 November 2016. Photo by Mark Allan/BBC

My residency as Embedded Composer in 3 with BBC Radio 3 in partnership with Sound and Music has come to an end!

The past 10 weeks have been a real journey for me, and it’s been a true privilege to work with the station and so many superb musicians on creating and recording so many new piecesben-oli-matt-the-verb. I can’t quite believe it’s over!

Highlights have included working with Guy Johnston, the Orchestra of the Age of Englightenment, the Workers Union, the BBC Singers, Ashley Riches with Sarah-Jane Bradley, the Workers Union Ensemble, Mark Simpson, Ben Baker, Richard Uttley, Trio Isimsiz, the Van Kujik Quartet and even a broadcast into space!

It’s also been a real pleasure to appear alongside Liam Byrne, Oli Hazzard, the Golden Age of Steam with Ross Sutherland and Robert Worby on other shows. If you’d like the chance to catch up with pieces, they can all be found on this page of the Radio 3 website.

Matthew Kaner Radio 3 composer in residence, Guy Johnston, cellist, James Birtwistle studio manager and Andy King producer in Maida Vale studio 3, on Thursday 3 November 2016. Photo by Mark Allan/BBCI was also delighted that the station played my O Adonai on Record Review on Saturday 10 December (recently released by Siglo de Oro and Sam Corkin on Delphian Recordings), followed by the complete recording of my Dance Suite on Hear and Now the same day (written for and recorded by Richard Uttley last year). Do click the links above to catch up with the shows on iPlayer.

Still to come is my collaborative project Jerusalem and Other Stories, created with the poet Ross Sutherland and the Golden Age of goonhillySteam, for broadcast on Late Junction on 15 December. Tune in if you can!

I’d like to take this opportunity to say an enormous thank-you to everyone involved: the wonderful staff of Radio 3 and Sound and Music, and all of the brilliant musicians I’ve worked with. It’s been a unique and unforgettable experience, and incredibly enjoyable and humbling to have my music broadcast across the world (and galaxy!) to so many listeners. Thanks also to all those who got in touch with kind messages of support throughout the period.

Time now for a short break, followed by much work on my next orchestral piece for Lucerne Festival in the summer!

Press stories about Matthew’s residency can be found here: New Statesman November 2016, The Spectator November 2016, Classical Music Magazine December 2016, Interlude HK.

Posted on December 12, 2016

BBC Radio 3 / Embedded update

…Time for another quick update. In the past few weeks there have been recordings and broadcasts of new pieces for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Mark Simpson and Richard Uttley. (Click here to listen and see some of the photos from the recording sessions below.)

Listen out on Radio 3 over the next few weeks for yet more new pieces with the Van Kujik Quartet, Guy Johnston and BBC Singers others!



You may also be interested to read this recent interview with HK Interlude – The Pleasure of Making Things: In touch with Matthew Kaner.

Posted on November 2, 2016

Radio 3 Embedded update

With apologies for the delay, here are the latest two pieces from my Embedded residency at BBC Radio 3.

Snowbells for Violin and Piano

(…and a few photos from the recording session with superb performers Benjamin Baker and Richard Uttley!)

img_2534BBC Radio 3 - Matthew Kaner Snowbells Recording Session

Contemplations for Viola and Bass-Baritone

The next work is a setting of Franz Kafka for the fantastic Bass-Baritone Ashley Riches and brilliant violist Sarah-Jane Bradley. The texts are excerpts from the author’s notebooks and his very first published work Contemplation.

…and tune in to Breakfast on Monday morning at around 8.20am to hear the latest piece, also for Richard Uttley — solo piano — see below for photos!

BBC Radio 3 - Matthew Kaner Fixations Recording SessionBBC Radio 3 - Matthew Kaner Fixations Recording Session with Richard Uttley 2

Posted on October 14, 2016

Embedded Composer in 3

img_2526And so it begins… My BBC Radio 3 Embedded Residency in partnership with Sound and Music has now kicked off! You can listen to the first of my 10 pieces for Breakfast, Collide (written for the incredible Workers Union Ensemble), and hear my short interview with Petroc Trelawney below. Stay posted for the next piece!

Posted on September 27, 2016

BBC Radio 3 Residency and Workers Union

imageThe start of my residency as Embedded Composer in 3 with Radio 3 and Sound and Music is getting very close! Amongst lots of exciting things, I’m very pleased that the first of my new pieces for Breakfast is for the wonderful Workers Union Ensemble. Tune in live on Monday 26th just after 8am to hear the brand new piece! You can then catch it again every week day morning until Friday 30th.

Also, do listen out for station trails for the upcoming Sound Frontiers residency at the Southbank Centre, which features orchestral music by me.

[Edit: you can now hear a clip from the orchestral trail as part of the station’s ‘Power of 3’ series. The first episode is below.]

Posted on September 22, 2016

Mix for Kit Records: Old Music | New Music

I’ve made a new mix for Kit Records, featuring some of my favourite intersections between music of the distant past and today. Read more about it here and listen in below!

Posted on August 22, 2016

Dance Suite and other works on NTS Radio

I was delighted that my music featured so heavily on Kit Records recent show on NTS, which includes live interview footage with Richard Uttley performing excerpts from and discussing my work Dance Suite, as well as the newly released recording of the Calligrapher’s Manuscript as played by the London Symphony Orchestra. You can check out the show here:


Posted on April 9, 2016

The Panufnik Legacies II: Video Interview with the LSO

Further to my post below, I’m very excited to announce that you can now watch this video interview with the London Symphony Orchestra about the forthcoming CD release of my piece, The Calligrapher’s Manuscript and the process of working with the orchestra.

Don’t forget that the disc is out on April 1, and is now available to pre-order via iTunes and many other online stores.

Posted on March 24, 2016

Meet the Artist… Interview

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music?

I’m not sure I can really attribute it to any one thing in particular. I always wrote music, even as a child, but I didn’t think it was an unusual thing to do…

Click here to read my recent interview for the blog Cross-Eyed Pianist.

Posted on February 5, 2016

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