Tuesday Night New Music is a student-run, faculty-supervised concert series that offers the opportunity to hear music by the next generation of composers: current New England Conservatory composition students. The series is directed by Matthew Monaco and Robert Bui under the supervision of composition chair Michael Gandolfi.
A native of New Jersey, Matthew T. Monaco (b. 1997) is a third-year undergraduate student at the New England Conservatory of Music where he studies composition with Stratis Minakakis and minors in music theory. Matthew’s musical training began at the piano, primarily focusing on jazz and improvisation. Recently, in April 2018, Matthew’s orchestral work “Beyond the Mirror” was recorded by the NEC Philharmonia, conducted by Hugh Wolff. Earlier in 2018, Matthew conducted the premiere of his string quintet “Veiled” at NEC. He previously conducted the premiere of his work for chamber orchestra, “Meditation and Echoes,” in October 2017 at NEC. Also in 2017, his orchestral work, “Adrift, Again” was recorded by the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. In 2015-2016, Matthew interned with the New York Philharmonic, working within the Young People’s Concerts, Very Young Composers program, and other educational programs. Matthew previously studied with Kati Agócs. Currently, Matthew curates NEC’s contemporary music series “Tuesday Night New Music”, and is a solfege teaching assistant. Matthew’s music often has extra-musical inspirations, with heavy influence from film, literature, philosophy, and nature.
Robert Bui is a rising young composer, currently studying at New England Conservatory under Stratis Minakakis. Through his dedication and commitment to his craft, he has gained much experience through many opportunities and awards. He made his orchestral debut with the Phoenix Youth Symphony with the premiere of his tone poem, “Birmingham 1963.” His antiphonally unique chamber string orchestra piece for 17 players was premiered by his Mountain View High School Chamber Orchestra. Bui has also valued the experience of hearing performances of his chamber music. His piece “Alizarin Crimson” was recently performed by the Ensemble PHACE residing in Vienna. His “String Quartet No. 2,” which won the Arizona Musicfest Composer’s Competition 2017 and the New England Conservatory Honors Ensemble competition has been recorded and performed multiple times by Burn City String Quartet, the Tempest string quartet and by his very own string quartet, “P4Q” at the Musical Instrument Museum. Additionally, Arizona Musicfest awarded him the 2017 Scholarship. He has been awarded the National School Orchestra award in 2017 and the Director’s Award in 2015.
Bui has also placed emphasis on performance as a cellist. He is a former member of the Phoenix Youth Symphony and Chandler Symphony Orchestras. He received awards and scholarships for summer institutes annually from the Phoenix Youth Symphony Young Musician’s competition. His string quartet has annually participated and won awards through Arizona Musicfest’s Chamber division. Orchestrally, he has appeared from Walt Disney Concert Hall to Carnegie Hall and has participated in Arizona Music Educator’s Association Region and All-State orchestras. His musical passions has sent him to places such Vienna Summer Music Festival, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Boston Conservatory High School Composition Intensive, Idyllwild Arts Symphony and Chamberfest, and Tetra String Quartet Camp. Through his art, he places special emphasis on his hope to bring audiences together through his young career in composition.
Boston-based composer Michael Gandolfi has a broad range of musical interests encompassing not only contemporary concert music but also jazz, blues and rock, by which route he first became a musician. The span of his musical investigation is paralleled by his cultural curiosity, resulting in many points of contact between the world of music and other disciplines, including science, film, and theater.
Mr. Gandolfi has received commissions from the Atlanta Symphony, the Fromm Foundation, Boston Musica Viva, Speculum Musicae, and the Koussevitzky Foundation, among many others.
In addition to fulfilling commissions, Mr. Gandolfi also teaches: he’s currently chair of the Composition Department at the New England Conservatory of Music and is a faculty member of the Tanglewood Music Center.