Mathew Campbell is a percussionist and award-winning composer and conductor. His works for a myriad of instruments and styles have won him recognition as one of the rising artists in his generation. He likes to play with cats, dogs, and almost always has too-little time on his hands. He can usually be found at a Starbucks consumed in a current work-in-progress while sipping on an iced coffee (with shots of mocha and vanilla - no cream.)
Mathew Aaron Campbell was born in 1992 in Deep South Texas. His musical training started at the age of 8 when he took piano lessons followed by learning how to play drumset. His studies continued through middle school and high school with percussion as his primary instrument. During middle school and high school, Mathew received many awards for performing at the regional and state levels in percussion. During his music-education studies at The University of Texas at Brownsville (currently UT - Rio Grande Valley), he studies percussion and composition with Dr. Joe Moore III. However, he became interested in music composition in the early semesters of college. Through the collaboration with many professors, his passion for composing and conducting led to premieres with various student ensembles at the state and national levels. He has premiered works at The National Flute Convention in 2013, the Texas Music Educator’s Conference in 2015, and he has works premiered at UT-RGV (Brownsville Campus) on a semester basis. He was awarded first prize in the SATB Chorus and Percussion category in the 2015 Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest. He continues to compose and conduct music and plans to study these disciplines in graduate school.
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Mathew Aaron Campbell, a native of South Texas, composes for any instrumentation in all genres. He has had works premiered at the state and national levels including the National Flute Convention, the Texas Music Educator's Conference, and at the International ClarinetFest. Though he is primarily a percussionist, he does not limit himself to composing percussion works exclusively. His catalog encompasses a variety of solo and ensemble types, continuously expanding his abilities as a composer and arranger. In addition to performing as a percussionist and being an award-winning composer, Mathew conducts ensembles at the collegiate level. He has conducted student wind symphonies and orchestras as a winner of competitions and in premieres of his works. Mr. Campbell plans to pursue graduate degrees in each of these fields in the future.
In the summer of 2007, Mathew Campbell composed his first piece. It started as a hobby and then grew to the career that he has today. Mathew has composed over fifty pieces with various instrumentation. He conducted his first premiere on October 31, 2011 at the UT - Rio Grande Valley (then, UT - Brownsville) Chamber Strings Concert. The piece was an arrangement of Simple Gifts, and it displayed the style and vocabulary that Mathew loves to hear. Over the next few years, Mathew premiered many other works for various ensembles. After learning about the works of the minimalists, he decided to adopt the vocabulary of Steve Reich and Philip Glass. In addition to learning the styles of Eric Whitacre, Ola Gjeilo, and Hans Zimmer, Mathew has let these profiles influence his compositions. Upon studying with Dr. Joe Moore III, Mathew started to learn more in attempt to expand his compositional vocabulary. After receiving many accolades for his compositions, Mathew continues to write music for all instruments and difficulty levels. Mathew accepts commissions for any solo work or any type of ensemble.