A native of Berkeley, California, Dylan Mattingly began playing cello when he was five years old and writing music at the age of seven. He currently studies composition at the Bard College Conservatory of Music with George Tsontakis, Joan Tower, John Halle, and Kyle Gann, and is mentored by John Adams in Berkeley. His music has been performed in San Francisco, Sydney, Berlin, New York, London, and many other cities around the world.
Called “visionary magic” by Susan Scheid, Mattingly’s work has been particularly influenced by Thomas Adès, John Adams, Olivier Messiaen, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, and the old American blues and folk field recordings of the Lomaxes. A performer and improviser inside (and outside) many varied forms of music from classical to folk, rock, jazz, and epic freeform improvisations with violinists Alex Fager, Finnegan Shanahan, and Eli Wirtschafter, Mattingly draws not only from his artistic surroundings, but the landscapes themselves. For two years he was the codirector of Formerly Known as Classical, a Bay Area new music ensemble whose young members play only music written in their lifetimes, and he is now founding co-artistic director of Contemporaneous, a New York-based ensemble of young musicians, “dedicated to performing the most exciting music of the present moment.” Mattingly performs frequently as a cellist, bassist, pianist, guitarist, and percussionist. In April 2012, Contemporaneous released an album on INNOVA Records, entitled Stream of Stars—Music of Dylan Mattingly.
Among the performers who have played his music are the Berkeley Symphony, the Del Sol String Quartet, Contemporaneous, Formerly Known as Classical, Soovin Kim, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Sarah Cahill, Geoffrey Burleson, Mary Rowell, Other Minds, Symphony Parnassus, and the Da Capo Players. Mattingly was a finalist in Orpheus Chamber Orchestra's “Project 440,” a crowdsourcing commissioning project sponsored by WQXR. Mattingly’s recent work I Was a Stranger, commissioned by John Adams and Deborah O’Grady for the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, received its world premiere on August 11, 2012 at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. Mattingly recently completed a setting of the choruses of Euripides’ Bakkhai utilizing the original Ancient Greek meter and tuning systems. In addition to composing, Mattingly is also an avid painter, poet, and pitcher, having played for Bard College’s first ever baseball team.
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