Todd Tarantino

Todd Tarantio

Todd Tarantino is a New York City-based composer, administrator, and educator. Since 2012, he has served as Executive Director of Music at the Anthology, Inc. (“MATA”) managing all aspects of the programming and presenting of numerous events each season, including the internationally-recognized MATA Festival of New Music, annual benefit gala, concert series, and educational events. During his tenure, MATA has doubled its offerings and vastly expanded its international profile, both through its annual call for submissions – the most sought-after such opportunity worldwide, and partnerships with some of the world’s leading festivals and ensembles, including American debuts of ensembles from Denmark, Israel, Finland, Sweden, and Norway as well as Germany’s eminent Neue Vocalsolisten.

His own  music is personal and richly varied and characterized by bold surfaces, quarter-tone inflected harmonies and athletic lyricism. Much of his recent work draws on experiences living and traveling in the developing world, translating the sounds and energy of urban environments into his own unique musical language.

Tarantino holds degrees from Columbia University (DMA), New England Conservatory (MM), and Bennington College (BA) and has previously taught music theory, history, and aural skills at Columbia University and the Manhattan School of Music. His principal composition teachers include John Luther Adams, Fred Lerdahl, Stephen Siegel and Jonathan Kramer.

Tarantino’s music has been presented at concerts and festivals throughout America, Europe, Asia and Africa by musicians such as the New York New Music Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Ensemble Moderne Akadamie, Manhattan Sinfonietta, the OCNM Ensemble, Locrian Chamber Players, Orfeo Duo and Second Instrumental Unit as well as by leading soloists.

todd at matafestival dot org