Matthew Nunes is a composer and euphonist on the rise. 2017 was a breakout year as he advanced to the Northeast Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference's Mock Band Audition finals, the Leonard Falcone International Tuba-Euphonium Festival's Euphonium Artist semi-finals, and won the 2017 Montclair State University Concerto Competition with his own Concerto for Euphonium (2015). In 2012 he won the University of Central Florida Concerto Aria Competition for Band – earning the distinction of being the first euphonium player to win since his former teacher Dr. Gail Robertson. He earned his Master’s in Euphonium Performance at Montclair State University studying with Derek Fenstermacher. His former teachers include Dr. Gail Robertson, Dr. Robin Sisk, and Tim Van Dam.
Matthew is a published composer with nine works for various mediums available from Cimarron Music Press as well as Flurry for flute quartet (or ensemble) available through Brixton Publications. His Concerto for Euphonium and Wind Band was premiered by Dr. Gail Robertson and the Little Rock Wind Symphony in 2016, while his In League with Extraordinary Women (Concerto for Tuba and Wind Band) was premiered by Dr. Robin Sisk and the University of Florida Symphonic Band in 2019. Matthew earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Composition from UCF studying with composer Christopher Marshall.
Theory and research are important to Matthew, and he has been invited to present lectures at the Northeast and Southeast Tuba-Euphonium Conferences in 2020. In late 2019 his article Mystery, Necromancy, and the Euphonium was published in Vol. 47, No. 1 of the International Tuba-Euphonium Association Journal.
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Photos 1-2: Credit - Mary Scripko.
Photo 3: The 2017 Falcone Euphonium Artist semi-finalists with judges Don Palmire, Earl Louder, and Gail Robertson. Credit - Tom Hentschel.
Photo 4: With my former composition professor Christopher Marshall.
Photos 5: With Dr. Gail Robertson and Robin Sisk post-concert.
Photo 6: At the National Music Festival with Demondrae Thurman and a superb group of euphonium players.
Photo 7: BBCF competing at NABBA 2014. Credit - The UFFP Photography .
Photo 8: Performing Joseph Horovitz's Euphonium Concerto with the UCF Wind Ensemble.
Photo 9: Performing during a graduate recital. Credit - Rodney Leinberger.
Photo 10: With conductor Jay Watkins and tuba soloist Robin Sisk after the premiere of In League with Extraordinary Women