Matthew Nunes (ASCAP) is a euphoniumist and composer on the rise. 2017 was a breakout year as he advanced to the Leonard Falcone International Tuba-Euphonium Festival's Euphonium Artist semi-finals, and won the 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 Dr. Gail Robertson. He has played with the Brass Band of Central Florida and has had multiple orchestra opportunities. He earned his Master’s in Euphonium Performance at Montclair State University studying with Derek Fenstermacher. His performance teachers include Tim Van Dam, Dr. Gail Robertson, Dr. Robin Sisk, Derek Fenstermacher, and Bente Illevold.
Matthew is a published composer and arranger with works available from Cimarron Music Press and SheetMusicPlus.com. 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 2018. In late 2021 he completed his Symphony for Orchestra and Choir, a massive and emotionally intense work. Matthew earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Composition from UCF studying with Christopher Marshall.
Theory and research are important to Matthew, and 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: Credit - Mary Scripko.
Photo 2: The 2017 Falcone Euphonium Artist semi-finalists with judges Don Palmire, Earl Louder, and Gail Robertson. Credit - Tom Hentschel.
Photo 3: With my former composition professor Christopher Marshall.
Photos 4: With Dr. Gail Robertson and Robin Sisk post-concert.
Photo 5: At the National Music Festival with Demondrae Thurman and a superb group of euphonium players.
Photo 6: BBCF competing at NABBA 2014. Credit - The UFFP Photography .
Photo 7: Performing Joseph Horovitz's Euphonium Concerto with the UCF Wind Ensemble..
Photo 8: With conductor Jay Watkins and tuba soloist Robin Sisk after the premiere of In League with Extraordinary Women