Commission for Bassoon and String Quartet

The Commission

As you read this, composer Matthew Bridgham is hard at work writing a new piece for bassoonist Mark Ortwein and the Indianapolis Quartet. This multi-movement composition lasting around twelve minutes will receive its world premiere performance in Spring 2021 with a commercial recording scheduled for release by summer 2021. Once premiered, contributing consortium members will give a cycle of secondary premieres as early as Fall 2021 and beyond, barring cancellations of the initial premiere. This is where you come in!

Manuscript of Variations for oboe, bassoon, and piano from 2015 (youtube)

In this unsure world of cancelled performances and scheduling issues, the composer is making a piano reduction of the string music. This added performance option will be made available first to consortium members.

Consortium Members receive:

  • Name listed in score as an official consortium member and co-commissioner
  • Professionally bound Study Score with personalized insignia from the composer
  • Unlimited access to PDF’s of all files, including:
    • Full Score, Individual Parts, and Piano Reduction
  • Rights to perform composition as early as Summer 2021 and beyond.*
  • Ortwein’s premiere recording of composition (via digital download – delivered late 2021)
  • Private coaching from the composer (via video conference where in-person is unavailable)

If you wish to join the consortium, please fill out the form below and complete a one-time secure payment of $175.**

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The Composer

Much 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.

Matthew is in the post-residential phase of his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Music Composition at the Yale School of Music. Listen to some of his music here.

The Performers

Las Vegas native Mark Ortwein joined the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra as Assistant Principal Bassoon and Contra Bassoon in 2002. Prior to that, Mark was a member of the United States Air Force Band for eight years, and performed with many orchestras around the nation including the Pittsburgh Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Richmond Symphony, Las Vegas Symphony, and Cincinnati Pops. He received his bachelor’s degree from Boston University where he studied with Matthew Ruggiero, after spending two years at Loyola University working with saxophonist Paul McGinley and bassoonist Crawford Best. He later earned his master’s degree from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, studying with William Winstead. In 2003, Mark played John Williams’s Escapades for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra with Williams conducting the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Since then, He has played it several times with different orchestras. Mark is also Professor of Bassoon and teaches the Woodwinds Methods class at the University of Indianapolis.

The Indianapolis Quartet (TIQ) was established in 2016 and is currently in residence at the University of Indianapolis, with support from the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation. With violinists Zachary DePue and Joana Genova, violist Michael Isaac Strauss, and cellist Austin Huntington, the member’s palpable rapport and interpretive skill bring about performances of a unique emotional style that has earned the group critical praise and audience affection.

The quartet made its Chicago debut in March 2018. In the last year, the quartet has broadcast live performances on Vermont Public Radio, WBAA Classical 101.3 FM in West Lafayette, Indiana, and on WISH-TV 5 in Indianapolis. They have been heard on concert series and stages in Phoenix, Cincinnati, at Illinois Wesleyan University, in West Lafayette (IN), and at the Indiana Landmarks Center and Butler University in Indianapolis. They were also the featured ensemble at the 53rd Contemporary Music Festival at Indiana State University. They made their New York City debut at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall on March 5, 2020.

Terms and Conditions

*Timeframe for cycle of secondary premieres subject to change in event of the cancellation and/or rescheduling of the initial premiere. Complete or partial recordings of any kind, whether amateur or professional, are prohibited until the release of the premiere recording. **You will receive an email from the composer confirming your membership within 24 hrs of submitting. ***Consortium contributions are non-refundable and non-transferable. By contributing to this consortium, you agree to the terms laid out on this webpage.