Jacobs alumnus Matthew Peterson charmed both the jury and the audience in Uppsala, Sweden at the finals of the biannual young composer’s contest. He was the big winner in this year’s edition of Uppsala Tonsättartävling. Matthew won both the jury and audience award with his chamber orchestra work “And all the trees of the field will clap their hands.”
In addition to the honor and recognition, Peterson receives 50,000 kronor and performances by ten professional orchestras in Sweden and Estonia. As winner of the public prize, his work will be rebroadcast on Swedish Radio P2.
The award, funded by Uppland’s Music and Uppsala Chamber Orchestra, was open to composers born 1978 or later. The jury included, among others, former Jacobs faculty member and composer, Sven-David Sandström.
Peterson holds degrees from the Gotland School of Music Composition (artist diploma), Indiana University School of Music (M.M.) and St. Olaf College (B.M.). He has previously served on the faculty of the Gotland School of Music Composition (Visby, Sweden) and as an Associate Instructor in music composition at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He is a freelance composer in Stockholm, Sweden.