Matthew Kaner: The Composers’ Fund
Debut Composer Portrait Album with Delphian Records
This project will see the release of Matthew Kaner’s first solo composer portrait album on Delphian Records, featuring outstanding chamber musicians including Guy Johnston, Benjamin Baker, Daniel Lebhardt, and the Goldfield Ensemble. This funding provides a fantastic opportunity to bring his chamber music together, present it to a wide public audience and showcase his relationship with these world-leading players.
As his debut solo release, this opportunity comes at a pivotal moment in his artistic development and will substantially boost his profile. Matthew Kaner (born 1986) is a composer based in London whose works are performed and broadcast widely in the UK and abroad. His music has been described as “forlornly exquisite” (New Statesman 2016), and has received praise for its “long and sinuous lines” (Telegraph 2013) and its “darker and wilder energy, which seems to be entirely personal.” (HK Interlude 2016)
In 2016, Matthew was the BBC Radio 3 Embedded Composer (in association with Sound and Music) for the duration of the station’s 70th anniversary celebrations, during which he wrote 14 works for repeated broadcasts, for performers including Guy Johnston, Mark Simpson, the BBC Singers, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Trio Isimsiz and many others. His 2018 collaboration with poet laureate Simon Armitage, a reworking of the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel for ensemble and narrator, commissioned by Goldfield Productions, was acclaimed as “an all too timely reminder of some children’s living, waking, starving nightmare”.