Born in London, Matthew Kaner studied Music at King’s College London and was jointly awarded the Purcell Prize for graduating top of his year in 2008. He then gained a distinction for his Masters at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, supervised by Julian Anderson, where he subsequently continued his studies as a Composition Fellow for a year.
He has been teaching on various undergraduate courses at both King’s and the Guildhall School since 2009, becoming a Professor of Composition at the latter in 2013.
Mosaic was commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society for the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Music of Today series.
The title of the work refers to its construction from three distinct types of material that interlock in various alternating patterns. The first of these, a boisterous fanfare for the brass instruments of the ensemble, begins the piece but is swiftly followed by a more lyrical idea predominantly featuring the bassoon as a soloist in its high register. After a little time, a third musical idea appears: a rhythmic line for bass clarinet, alto flute and marimba, accompanied by interjections from the piano. Though these contrasting musical ideas are initially presented discretely in succession, they later appear superimposed upon one another in a more contrapuntal fashion towards the music’s climax.
For flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, piano and percussion, Mosaic was premiered by the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Clark Rundell on 31st May 2014 as part of their Music of Today Concert at the Royal Festival Hall, London.