Matt Malsky has been at Clark University full time since 1994. As associate provost and dean of the college, he is responsible for providing academic leadership and vision for the undergraduate programs and related activities. He previously served as the George N. & Selma U. Jeppson Professor of Music, chair of the Visual & Performing Arts Department, and the director of the interdisciplinary Culture Studies and Communication program.
Malsky is a composer whose music has been performed and acclaimed internationally. His compositional style is characterized by its rhythmic vitality and dramatically crafted gestures, and has been described as economical, eloquent, intellectually rigorous, and emotionally compelling. His virtuosic works for acoustic instruments with live computer processing have attracted the interest of outstanding soloists including John Bruce Yeh (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Esther Lamneck (NYU), Frank Cox (c-squared), Seth Josel, and Isabel Ettenauer.
The Penderecki String Quartet commissioned Malsky’s second string quartet, “Lacan,” and his third quartet, “Berlin, Symphony of a Great City,” is an accompaniment to that classic silent film. Together with his first string quartet, these have been released on CD through the Centaur label. His recent chamber work, “Geographies and Geometries,” is an aural map of emotions, performed by the Radius Ensemble and the Worcester Chamber Music Society, and was released by Ravello Records. His music for silent film may be heard on his website.
Matt studied composition with Conrad Pope and Harold Shapero as an undergraduate at Brandeis University. He holds a doctorate in music composition from the University of Chicago, where he studied with Ralph Shapey, Shulamit Ran and Howard Sandroff. His work has been recognized with awards and grants from ASCAP, Brandeis University, Kurt Weill Gesellschaft, the Hillery Family Charitable Trust, NSF/Chicago Materials Research Center, Hultgren Solo Cello Works Biennial, American Composer’s Forum, and others.
As a scholar, his research examines, from a psychoanalytic perspective, the intersections of music, technology, and culture in the post-World War II period. His articles on ethnomusicology, as well as cultural and film studies, have been published by the Illinois and Wesleyan University Presses, Palgrave Macmillan, Bloomsbury Publishing, and the Reconstruction and World Picture journals.