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Matt Silverberg

HMP Compositions


Matt Silverberg is a versatile composer and well-rounded percussionist. As a composer, Matt has written for film, chamber groups and concert band and his music has been performed internationally. His percussion quintet Hypnotic Crystals was selected as a winner and was performed at the 2017 Wisconsin Alliance for Composers (WAC) New Music Festival. Hypnotic Crystals had its international premiere in September of 2017 in Costa Rica, performed by the University of Minnesota Percussion Ensemble.

Matt has performed internationally and toured with the Heartland Marimba Ensemble. He has also performed in numerous pit orchestras as a drummer and a percussionist. Matt competed in the Great Plains International Marimba Competition where he was complimented on his tone and musicality. He was also a soloist with the UWM percussion ensemble in the Fall of 2015 performing the second movement of Paul Creston’s Concertino for Marimba. Selected as the featured music graduate at the Peck School of the Arts graduation ceremony, Matt performed Joseph Schwantner's Velocities.

As a teacher he has served as the percussion coach for the Youth Wind Ensemble at UWM, a percussion coach for numerous honors band events in Wisconsin and Minnesota, a Music Counselor at the French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts and is currently teaching the Percussion Techniques and Teaching course at the U of M. Matt arranges video game music for the marimba, most notably "Dragon Roost Island" from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, which received over 48,000 views on Facebook. He has an EP of Electro Pop Rock Marimba music titled "Marimbtronics" that can be purchased on his website. He has studied percussion with Dr. Cheryl Grosso, Carl Storniolo, and Tom Wetzel and composition with Dr. Michelle McQuade Dewhirst and Dr. Jonathan Monhardt. Matt is currently working on his MM at the University of Minnesota where he studies percussion with Fernando Meza. Matt graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Percussion Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2017.

Check out Matt’s website at www.mattsilverbergmusic.com, and his instagram @marimbamatt913.