One of CBC Music’s 30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30 for 2016, Matthew Emery says he specializes in composing music for choirs because they’ve been part of his life since he was 10.
“I was singing in choir from grade five up till the fourth year of my undergraduate degree. I was singing every day, singing in choir is part of my identity,” he tells us via email. “I started composing because I wanted to write music that I wanted to sing. It was natural to focus all of my writing on the choral idiom. I think most composers, when they’re beginning their journey, start by writing for the instrument they are most familiar with. For me that was the choir.”
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