Matthew Quayle: Complete Piano Sonatas


WHEN October 25, 2021
7:30 PM WHERE Online Part of "NYUAD Music Recitals" WHO The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi Open to the Public

An evening of contemporary piano music by Matthew Quayle.

In this recital, composer-pianist Matthew Quayle presents his complete series of original piano sonatas. Written over a span of 25 years, these powerful works explore a wide range of styles and emotions. After the brooding grief of the first sonata, the protest and violence of the second, and the bluesy ebullience of the third, Quayle will perform the world premiere of his meditative Sonata No. 4.


Matthew Quayle is an American composer and pianist. His diverse compositional output ranges from concert orchestral works to cabaret songs. He has received commissions and performances from soloists and ensembles including Akira Saxophone Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Allentown Symphony Orchestra, Emanuele Arciuli, Arditti String Quartet, Avalon String Quartet, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, The Brass Project, Claire Chase, eighth blackbird, Gail Levinsky, International Contemporary Ensemble, Silverwind Duo, and United States Air Force Strings. Quayle’s three string quartets, recorded by the Avalon Quartet, were released on the Naxos label in 2018. He was pianist and composer for Songs Without Words, an album of original solo piano music released on Albany Records in 2015. He also wrote the music and lyrics for Amazed By You, a 2013 Indie album of original cabaret songs with soprano Marian Murphy. Quayle has performed widely as a solo pianist and chamber musician. He frequently collaborates with the cellist Jameson Platte; their album Entr’acte, featuring works by Chabrier, Cipullo, Debussy, Quayle, Rachmaninoff, and Webern, was released on Albany Records in 2019. They are often joined in performance by violinist Michael Emery, as The Omega Trio. Quayle is currently Associate Arts Professor at NYU Abu Dhabi, where he has taught since 2012 and served as Program Head of Music from 2017 to 2020. He studied at Oberlin Conservatory (BM), University of Cincinnati (MM), and the New York University Graduate School of Arts and Science (PhD).

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