Matthew Cmiel

Matthew Cmiel holds degrees in composition from The Curtis Institute of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has received numerous commissions, including one from Maestra Marin Alsop for the Cabrillo New Music Festival. Founder of the ensemble Formerly Known as Classical and The Hot Air Music Festival, he is currently the Director of Orchestras at San Francisco's Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, and co-director of the ensemble After Everything.

Articles By This Author

Matthew Cmiel - May 2, 2012

The S.F. Contemporary Music Players wrap up its season with a range of challenging works, both new and old, brilliant and quietly glowing.

Matthew Cmiel - March 20, 2012

Get plugged in and turned on at Switchboard’s annual genre-busting music fest.

Matthew Cmiel - March 3, 2012

Sound worlds are fervently explored at the 17th iteration of a new-music festival.

Matthew Cmiel - February 10, 2012

A ground-breaking new-music ensemble is still epically cool, releasing its first CD set in four years.

Matthew Cmiel - December 5, 2011

Although benefitting from the usual excellent performance by eighth blackbird, Rinde Eckert and Steve Mackey’s Slide is still uninvolving.

Matthew Cmiel - September 13, 2011

Concerts around the Bay Area often achieve an incredibly high quality. We should go to more of them, to experience things outside our comfort zone.

Matthew Cmiel - June 10, 2011

No joke: At a concert showcasing new music for viola, an instrument was shattered — but not the spirits of the musicians or most of the audience.

Matthew Cmiel - May 24, 2011

Julia Wolfe's latest CD Cruel Sister is yet another example of how spellbinding and consistently engaging the composer is, this time in works fueled by a powerful story.

Matthew Cmiel - May 17, 2011

Jennifer Koh and Anssi Karttunen joined the brilliant Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg in piano trios, and duos, that knocked everybody’s socks off.

Matthew Cmiel - April 3, 2011

Provocative as usual, the Del Sol Quartet jumps cultures, continents, and even musical temperaments in its brilliant recital.