Matthew J. Pellegrino is an award-winning composer, classically trained oboist, and devoted music educator with a fascination for new timbral realms of expression, aural extremes, and visceral sonic imagery. He has enjoyed an eclectic musical upbringing; one which combines classical training, electronic sounds, and a brief stint in a metal band. Pellegrino seeks to create music that is, all at once, deeply personal, raw, and darkly humorous.
Matthew has written music for large ensembles, chamber groups, and choirs, as well as scores for film and other media. In 2016, Matthew's Winter Unending, Invincible Summer won the Charles B. Olson award, and has been performed by the Peabody Wind Ensemble and recorded by the Encore Wind Ensemble. In 2017, his piece, what if... for pierrot ensemble was recorded by the Virtuosi Players of the Brno Filharmonie in the Czech Republic with ABLAZE records. Additionally, he has collaborated with the dance program, film studio, and animation department at the State University of New York at Fredonia. His works have been performed by the Peabody Wind Ensemble, University of Massachusetts at Amherst Symphonic Band, Fredonia State University Wind Ensemble, Kent State University New Music Ensemble, and MezzoBlasto Clarinet Quartet.
Born in 1994 as Jihoon Lee in South Korea, Matthew was raised on Long Island, New York. He is currently studying at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University where he has been awarded a Dean's Doctoral Fellowship to complete a Doctor of Musical Arts degree with Oscar Bettison. His primary teachers have been Dr. Rob Deemer, Dr. Sean Doyle, and Dr. Karl Boelter. Equally active as a teacher, Matt served as a Faculty Associate at Peabody Conservatory for the Music Theory department, and is currently an instructor of oboe, flute, and saxophone at the Park School of Baltimore. He now resides in Baltimore, Maryland with his cat, Gnocchi. When not making noise, he can be found hiking, making/eating pasta, or attending local shows.
Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University
D.M.A. candidate - Music Composition
M.M. - Music Composition '18
Fredonia State University of New York
B.A. - Music Composition & Oboe Performance '16
Matthew is a Korean American Adoptee researching Korean music both old and new as well as traditional and popular. His research explores the intersections of Korean music with Western culture, the influence of cultural taste and aesthetic on musical sound, and deconstructing the impact of colonization. An advocate for Adoptee voices, his more current work and interests lie in studying Korean music while creating music in the space between being Korean and American.