M A T T H E W C O L E Y
Four critically acclaimed solo albums released; described as "high level, world-class, luminous performing!"
First (and only) American to place at a WORLD MARIMBA COMPETITION (Stuttgart, Germany, 2008).
Winner of prizes at several other competitions, including PASIC Marimba Concerto Competition (1st/2000), MTNA Solo Percussion Competition (1st/2001), and WAMSO/Minnesota Orchestra Concerto Competition (3rd/2005).
Founding Executive Director of Heartland Marimba, producing more than 40 events a season!
85 concerts and master classes performed during the 2015-16 season; locations included Switzerland, Canada, Germany, Dallas, NYC, and San Diego and San Jose, CA!
Matthew was on the road for about 165 days, and performed 85 concerts and master classes during the 2015-16 season! He visited Switzerland, Canada, Germany, Dallas, NYC, San Diego, San Jose, and many other great communities during this year.
The 2016-17 season will bring Matthew to central Iowa, Denver, LA, Madison, San Diego, San Jose, Cleveland, and other great cities. Additionally, he will do a 5-city holiday concert tour in December.
July 2016 - The Heartland Marimba Festival received a grant from the New York Women Composers organization!
July 2016 - Beetle Percussion released the Matthew Coley signature artist Marimba/Xylophone Modular Practice Pads.
May 2016 - Matthew premiered his composition Elucidatrix with the San Diego State University Percussion Ensemble.
January 2016 - Matthew joined the percussion quartet Clocks in Motion as a regular member.
The Heartland Marimba Festival has grown from being a 6-day workshop in the summer of 2014, to a 9-day academy, the launch of the Publications division, an 8-city summer tour with 14 concerts, and a holiday tour of 7 events in 5 cities in 2016. 2017 will see similar growth with the new HM Quartet, the HM Collective (formerly the Touring Ensemble), the Academy, a new Workshop, and Publications!