Matthew Kaner

Research & Teaching

Matthew is an active researcher as part of his role as a Professor of Composition at the Guildhall School & Drama. His compositions and publications have been submitted by the institution to the Research Excellence Framework. To view his full research profile, click here.

He teaches composition in one-to-one lessons at all levels, to undergraduate students through to doctoral researchers, and gives classes on a range of topics relating to composition, theory and practice-as-research. He has worked as an external examiner for taught programmes at other institutions and examined doctoral submissions in composition externally. He has also held the roles of Acting Head of Composition and Acting Associate Head of Composition at the Guildhall, led workshops for the London Symphony Orchestra’s Panufnik scheme, and served as a jury member for competitions including the BBC Proms Young Composer competition.

He teaches theory and composition privately. To inquire about private lessons, use the contact form here.


Matthew Kaner (2023), Adapting Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘curious’ poetry: approaches to musical narrativization in my recent composition ‘The Land of Nod’, Adaptation [download author’s accepted manuscript].

Matthew Kaner (2022). Composing narratives: Reimagining musical storytelling in new vocal and instrumental works. (Unpublished Doctoral thesis, Guildhall School of Music and Drama)