Matthew Durrant’s music has been performed throughout the United States at festivals, conferences, and recitals. His style is very melodic and can be thought of as neo-tonal. While his music is generally triadic in nature, its richness is expanded by borrowing from beyond the diatonic realm and employing tonality in unconventional ways.
Having lived his entire life in the Western United States, the majestic landscapes and history of the region (especially Utah and Idaho) often serve as inspiration for Durrant’s music. Recently he has collaborated with Icelandic photographer Svavar Jonatansson, providing the music for a unique film project depicting the stunning red rock landscapes of Southern Utah. In addition to this he has also worked with the Natural History Museum of Utah, helping them tell the story of Utah’s natural and cultural heritage through music.
Durrant holds Bachelor’s degrees in Composition and Piano Performance from Boise State University and a Master’s Degree in Composition from the University of Utah. He currently teaches undergraduate theory and ear training as a teaching assistant and PhD candidate at the University of Utah. Some of his works are published through Cherry Classics and TrevCo Music Publishing.
When he is not working on music, he is outdoors hiking and climbing mountains or spending time with his family. Durrant is from Preston ID and currently resides in Salt Lake City UT with his wife and two daughters.