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Dylan Mattingly


About this Artist

A native of Berkeley, California, DYLAN MATTINGLY holds a B.A. in Classical Greek and a B.M. in Music Composition from Bard College, where he studied with George Tsontakis, Kyle Gann, John Halle, and Joan Tower. He was mentored as well in Berkeley by composer John Adams, and his music has been performed in San Francisco, Sydney, Berlin, New York, London, and many other cities around the world. He currently attends the Yale School of Music, where he studies with David Lang.

Mattingly’s work has been influenced by Thomas Adès, John Adams, Olivier Messiaen, Joni Mitchell, and Bob Dylan, as well as the old American blues and folk field recordings of the Lomaxes. For two years he was the co-director of Formerly Known as Classical, a San Francisco Bay Area new music ensemble whose young members play only music written in their lifetimes, and he is now the co-artistic director and co-founder of Contemporaneous, a New York-based ensemble of young musicians. Mattingly performs frequently as a cellist, bassist, pianist, guitarist, and percussionist. In 2012, Contemporaneous released an album on INNOVA Records, entitled Stream of Stars — Music of Dylan Mattingly. Mattingly was a finalist in the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s “Project 440,” and his work I Was a Stranger, commissioned by John Adams and Deborah O’Grady for the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, received its world premiere in 2012. 

In addition to composing, Mattingly is also an avid painter, poet, and pitcher, having played for Bard College’s first-ever baseball team.