Most of Matthew Bridgham’s music interacts with the formal and tonal traditions of the common practice period, refracted through a lens wholly his own. However, his music never settles into a specific style, occasionally exhibiting pop-inspired, improvisational, quarter-tonal, and noise-based characteristics.
Matthew has worked with William Bolcom, Martin Bresnick, Aaron Jay Kernis, Hannah Lash, Gabriela Lena Frank, Derek Bermel, Joan Tower, and Libby Larsen. His music has been performed at the American Music Festival, Colorado Music Festival, New York Festival of Song, the Shandelee Music Festival, the Midwest Composers Symposium, and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival where his recently completed Sonata for violin and piano (2016-17) was premiered for an intimate audience of peers and colleagues.
Matthew is in the post-residential phase of his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Music Composition at the Yale School of Music. A recent work for Indianapolis-based Ronen Chamber Ensemble was premiered last fall (read the review here), a new work for cello and piano for Yale colleague, Eric Adamshick, is slated to be premiered this summer, and an hour-long studio album and sheet music book of Stardew Valley piano arrangements are soon to be released (read the announcement here). Matthew currently lives in New Haven with his endlessly supportive wife, Jessica, and his floppy ragdoll kitty cat, Walter, where he maintains an active private studio, accompaniment engagements, and teaches composition, theory, and piano at the Educational Center for the Arts (ECA).