Matthew-John Knights

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about.

Matthew-John is a composer and pianist who lives and works in Vancouver, British Colombia. He graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2017 with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, during which he studied with Andrew Tunis; and again from the University of Ottawa in 2020 with a masters in composition under supervision of Dr. Kelly-Marie Murphy. Currently Matthew-John is enrolled in the DMA program at the University of British Colombia, where he is studying with Dr. Dorothy Chang. 

 

While having only started composing in 2017, Matthew-John has already begun to make a name for himself, winning several important prizes. His piece, Blessed by Beauty and Rage was chosen to be performed by the Thirteen Strings Orchestra (conducted by Kevin Mallon) in a competition in January of 2019. It premiered officially in June of the same year. He has also been the recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts. Using the Concept to Realization component of the Explore and Create Program, he was been able to create Adherent; Unyielding for violin and piano, which premiered in July of 2019 by its dedicatee, Gregory Lewis, collaborating with pianist Frédéric Lacroix. In January 2020, Matthew-John's orchestral debut took place with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, at the Winnipeg New Music Festival, under the baton of Julian Pellicano.

 

In July, Matthew-John  began working with the Standing Wave Ensemble under tutelage of Jocelyn Morlock, Edward Top, and Rodney Sharman. This project began with a 4 day workshop in which he was able to explore sound worlds by working with the members of the ensemble, and culminated in a new piece set to premiere in October of 2019. Standing Wave will be performing Chromatic Aberrations again in January 2020 with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra New Music Festival.

 

In August of 2019, he once again attended the Composition Workshop at Orford Musique in Quebec in order to work with conductor Véronique Lacroix and composer Dorothy Chang. Last year, Matthew-John attended the same workshop to much success, working with Ana Sokolovic, Jean Lesage, and Nicholas Gilbert.

He has also won a SOCAN award for chamber music for his 2019 piece, Distorted Reality, Imaginatively Amended for alto saxophone, harp, and percussion. 

Matthew-John is published with Just a Theory Press. Just a Theory Press is a charitable organization. 5% of every purchase is donated to Egale - Equal, Not Other, an organization committed to furthering the rights of LGBTQ+ people in Canada.

works.

Works marked with an * are available through Just a Theory Press.

11 Opposing Points of View on a Highly Political Topic (2018)

Clarinet in B Flat, Violin, Cello, Piano and Vibraphone

approx. 5min 30sec

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*A Brilliant Vibration (2019)

Bass-Baritone and Piano

approx. 4min 30sec

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*Adherent; Unyielding (2019)

Violin and Piano

approx. 11min

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*Ageyev (2018)

Amplified, unaccompanied Viola

with versions for violin and cello

approx. 7min

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And Can Shadows Pleasures Give? (2019)

Men’s Choir (TTBB)

approx. 5min

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*Blessed by Beauty and Rage (2018)

String Orchestra

approx. 6min

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Boys Don't Cry (2021)

Solo Piano

approx. 10min

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*Chromatic Aberrations (2019)

Alto Flute/Flute

Clarinet in B Flat/Bass Clarinet in B Flat

Violin

Cello

Percussion (Marimba, cymbal, vibraphone)

Piano

approx. 10min

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*Darkness Descended (2019)

Unaccompanied Flute

approx. 8min

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*Distorted Reality/Imaginatively Amended (2019)

Alto Saxophone

Harp

Percussion (Marimba, Chimes, and Bass Drum)

approx. 8min

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*Echoes (2018)

Solo Piano

approx. 6min

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*Energy Always (2019)

Solo Cello

approx. 4min

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Hearing Voices (2020)

Saxophone Quartet

approx. 15min

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I, Psychosis (2021)

Song Cycle for Soprano and Piano

approx. 15min

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*May the Grace of God Attend Us (2019)

Choir (SATB) and Piano

approx. 4min

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Metamorphosis (2021)

Violin and Piano

appox. 5min

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Reflections (2020)

Solo viola

approx. 7min

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*Queen of Darkness (2018)

Staged Song Cycle for Mezzo-Soprano, Viola, and Piano
1 - Winter is the Coldest Season (approx. 4min)
2 - So Down I Swam… (approx. 5min 45sec)
3 - When I Began (approx. 4min 30sec)
4 - The Meeting (approx. 3min 30sec)
5 - Maybe this Time (approx. 7min 45sec)
6 - Spend/Uncork/Drink (approx. 6min 15sec)

approx. 35min

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Serenade for Winds (2021)

Wind Quintet

approx. 5min 45sec

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Shadow Figures (2021)

Two Oboes

approx. 6min

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Shadows/Whispers (2020)

String Quartet

approx. 10min

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The Wanderer (2019)

A cappella Choir (SATB)

approx. 5min

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The Spring Wind’s Whisper (2018)

A cappella Choir (SATB)

approx. 5min

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That Year of Love Has Been Forgot (2018)

Mezzo-Soprano and Piano

approx. 4min 30sec

 

The God Put His Hand to Stop Her (2017)

Bass-Baritone and Piano

approx. 4min

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*The Disingenuous Professor and His Nymphet (2017)

Flute and Piano

approx. 8min

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"There's Someone In My Head, But Its Not Me"  (2021)

Solo Piano

approx. 22min

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Threnody for the Damned (2021)

Orchestra (2222, 4231, Timpani + 2 perc. Violin 1 and 2, Viola, Cello, Double Bass)

approx. 8min

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*Trying for Change (2018)

Solo Cello

approx. 5min

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Two Lines (Converging) (2021)

Orchestra (2222, 4230, Timp + 1 perc, Violin 1 and 2, Viola, Cello, Double Bass)

approx. 10min

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*Vibrant/Beige (2017)

Solo Piano

approx. 13min

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*Voici les larmes avec lesquelles je pleure pour toi (2019)

Orchestra (2222, 4221, Timpani + 1 perc. Violins 1 and 2, Viola, Cello, Double Bass)

approx. 5min 30sec

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Water States: Ebb/Flow (2020)

Piano and Percussion (crotales and marimba)

approx. 15min
 

 

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