Todd Tarantino

Todd Tarantino is a New York City-based composer, administrator, and educator. Since 2012, he has served as Director of Music at the Anthology, Inc. (“MATA”) managing all aspects of the programming and presentation of numerous events each season, including the internationally-recognized MATA Festival of New Music, the MATA Honors, annual benefit gala, MATA Presents concert series, and MATA Jr. educational events. Under his leadership, MATA has doubled its offerings, vastly expanded its international profile to become one of America’s leading presenters of contemporary concert music,  developed partnerships with some of the world’s leading festivals and ensembles, presented American debuts of leading new music ensembles from Mexico, Denmark, Israel, Finland, Sweden, and Norway as well as Germany’s eminent Neue Vocalsolisten, and originated several targeted initiatives to focus the field’s attention to under-represented regions, creators, and methods.

His own  music is personal, 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 and evocative locations into musical narrative.

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.

todd at matafestival dot org