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Matthew Burtner

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Matthew Burtner

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Composition: Ukiuq tulugaq = The winter raven


McIntire Department of Music
University of Virginia

Matthew Burtner ( is a composer and sound artist specializing in concert music, ecoacoustics and interactive media. Born and raised in Alaska, he is First Prize Winner of the Musica Nova International Electroacoustic Music Competition, a 2011 IDEA Award Winner and recipient of a 2013 NEA Art Works Grant. His work “Auksalaq” received a 2014 Special Judges' Citation from The American Prize for "Extraordinary Use of Technology to Expand the Boundaries of Performance". He has been Invited Researcher at IRCAM, Provost Fellow at UWM’s Center for 21st Century Studies, and a Howard Brown Foundation Fellow of Brown University. As a Professor at the University of Virginia, he teaches courses in composition, computer music, interactive media, ecoacoustics and MICE (mobile interactive computer ensemble). He founded and volunteers for EcoSono, an environmental arts non-profit organization ( Before coming to Stanford, Burtner studied composition, computer music and philosophy at the Peabody Conservatory, Iannis Xenakis’ UPIC Center in Paris, Tulane University and St. Johns College in Santa Fe.

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