1994 – Present:
Semi-regular broadcasts on WFMT 98.7 (Chicago, Illinois), WNIB 97.1 (Chicago, Illinois – now defunct), WNIU 89.5 (DeKalb, Illinois), and WCNY 91.3 (Syracuse, New York), Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and CJPX 99,5 FM Montreal.
1993: Premiere broadcast of “#5” for magnetic tape by WMCN 91.7 FM (St. Paul, Minnesota).
1992: Premiere broadcast of Deux Plaisanteries by Concert FM, Radio New Zealand. Broadcast of various concerts (as both composer and performer) on KPCC 89.3 (Pasadena, California), and KGNU 88.5 (Boulder, Colorado).
1991: Broadcast of various concerts (as both composer and performer) on WEFT 90.1 FM (Champaign-Urbana), KGNU 88.5 (Boulder, Colorado), and UKW 92.4 FM (Munich, Germany).
1989: Premiere broadcast of Between the Lines for magnetic tape by CIUT 98.5 FM (Toronto, Canada).
1986: Premiere broadcast of Magyar Rondo for solo viola by Radio New Zealand.
1985: Premiere broadcast of Divertimento for flute, viola, and harp (now withdrawn) by Radio New Zealand.
1984: Premiere broadcast of Three short pieces for wind quintet (now withdrawn) by Radio New Zealand.
1979: Broadcast as composer/performer of Echoes from the Past (now withdrawn) by Radio New Zealand.
Selected Works Performed
2010: “Music for Viola & Piano” performed by Rudolf Haken (viola) & Robert Auler (piano) at the ACA summer music festival, Symphony Space, NYC, June 17.
2010: “Music for Viola & Piano” performed by Scott Rauls (viola) & Inara Zandmane (piano) at the SCI conference, University of North Carolina at Greenberg, Recital Hall, School of Music, February 4.
2009: “I had Five Long Years” performed by the Zukofsky Quartet at the ACA summer music festival, Symphony Space, NYC, June 16.
2008: Between the Lines realized in a 24/7 event at the Bennington College Listening Room, Bennington College, Vermont, USA, for an installation entitled New Electronic Music from Australia and New Zealand (April 28 to May 5, 2008).
2007: Magyar Rondo for viola solo performed by Rudolf Haken at Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for Performing Arts, Urbana, Illinois (November 2).
2006: Performance by pianist Tomoko Deguchi of Six Chorale Preludes for Piano Solo at Barnes Recital Hall, Winthrop University College of Visual and Performing Arts Department of Music (October 22).
1999: Concert of works by Matthew Davidson at the Chicago Cultural Center (March 19) as part of the World in a Weekend series. Included Nicklettes, Music for String Quartet, “#5” and Between the Lines.
1998: Performance by pianist Tomoko Deguchi of Etudes Book I at Northern Illinois University Music Department Recital Hall (March 16).
1993: “#5” for tape performed at Sonic Circuits, an electro-acoustic festival at Macalaster Chapel, St. Paul, Minnesota by Minnesota (now American) Composer’s Forum and Macalaster College Music Department (May 1).
1993: Public reading of I Had Five Long Years by Kronos Quartet at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
1993: Millet Music performed by Aquinas College Percussion Group, Aquinas College, Michigan.
1993: Pad Thai and Sala (form Etudes Book II) performed by composer at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (Urbana, Illinois).
1992: Deux Plaisanteries preformed at the Mid-West Composers’ Symposium, Indiana University.
1991: Music for String Quartet and Magyar Rondo for solo viola performed at concert in Smith Recital Hall, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
1991: Mystery Rag (from Three Elusive Rags) performed by Anthony De Mare at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (Urbana, Illinois).
1989: Magyar Rondo for solo viola performed by New Zealand Symphony Orchestra violist Peter Barber, at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand).
1984: Organized concert of music by five young Wellington composers at Old St. Paul’s Cathedral, Wellington (New Zealand). Included performance of Divertimento for flute, viola, and harp (withdrawn).
1983: Organized concert of New Zealand music at Symphony House, Wellington (New Zealand) as part of National Music Week. Included performance of Three Short Pieces for Wind Quintet (withdrawn).
1982: Wrote, directed, produced, and orchestrated numbers for an original two-act musical comedy, Don’t Let’s Have a Revolution, Today (withdrawn).
2001: Concert of ragtime and jazz classics with Gary Smart at the University of North Florida Fine Arts Complex Recital Hall.
2000: Benefit Concert for St. Joseph’s Catholic School held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Elgin, Illinois. Full program included works by Giles Farnabye, J.S. Bach, Rameau, Beethoven, Schubert/Liszt, Ravel, Debussy, M. Davidson, and W. Bolcom.
1999: Dame Myra Hess Concert Series (February 17) at Chicago Cultural Center. Broadcast live on WFMT 98.7, included the world premiere of original work, Nicklettes, and works by Scarlatti, Mozart, Debussy, & Gershwin.
1998: Concert of music by Donald Ashwander, Rolling Meadows Public Library (Rolling Meadows, Illinois).
1997: Brass Knuckles concert of jazz and ragtime from the 1920s, 1930s, & 1980s, with Gary Smart at the University of Wyoming Music Department Fine Arts Concert Hall.
1996: Performance of works by Scarlatti, J.S. Bach, Haydn, and Mozart at Harold Washington Public Library (Chicago, Illinois).
1995: Performances given at Jordan Kitts Hall (Venice, Virginia), and Tom Turpin Ragtime Festival (Savannah, Georgia).
1994: Concerts given at the Harold Washington Public Library (Chicago, Illinois), New Oxford Ragtime Festival (New Oxford, Pennsylvania), and the New England Ragtime Festival (Niantic, Connecticut).
1992: Performed music by University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana faculty members at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts concert series.
1992: Concert of contemporary music, Curtis Hall Fine Arts Building, Chicago.
1991: Performed concert Smith Recital Hall, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, of ragtime written in the last thirty years (subsequently broadcast by several radio stations internationally).
1988: Concerts of Haydn, Liszt, Beethoven, Bach, Debussy, and Davidson at Hart House (University of Toronto), and The Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Bakerwood Auditorium (Toronto, Canada).
1984: Concerts at Wellington Cultural Center and Wellington Polytechnical Institute with violinist Bruce Corlett of works by Ravel, Kreisler, and New Zealand composer Nigel Keay.
1980: Performed two concerts devoted to ragtime and early jazz for the Wellington Jazz Club.
1993: Lectured at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana weekly Composer’s Forum series on the work of New Zealand composer, Jack Body.
1992: Pre-concert lecture on contemporary music at Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, Illinois) as part of Composers Forum series.
1998: Postcard from Illinois (comparisons between the recording industry in the early and late 20th century), The Phonographic Record, v.33, n.2, February/April 1998: Christchurch, New Zealand.
1997: Debunking Piano Roll Mythology: An interview with L. Douglas Henderson, owner of ARTCRAFT piano rolls, The Mississippi Rag, Oct. 1997, pp. 14-17.
1995: But it’s not ragtime!, The Pianola Quarterly, v.i., n.iv, Dec. 1995
1993: Millet Music (for undetermined number of percussion players), published by Honeyrock Publications: Everett, Pennsylvania.
1992: Ragtime Culture – past and present: A comparative survey of the years 1900-30 and 1960-91, Top Liner Rag, v.ii, n.iv, Dec. 1992: Colorado Springs, Colorado.
1986: Magyar Rondo for solo viola, published by Composer’s Association of New Zealand.
1985: Theatre and music reviews published by TOM, an arts and entertainment magazine (Wellington, New Zealand).
1983: Long Night’s Journey into Day, Canzona (magazine of the New Zealand Composer’s Association of New Zealand), v.v, n.xvi, Nov.1983.
2010: THE PIANISTIC MUSINGS: Re-issue of performances of works by Brahms & Rachmaninoff on Navona 5828, Hampton, NH.
2008: TALENCOURT: Music for voice, piano, and strings by Matthew de Lacey Davidson, Capstone Records 8795, Brooklyn, New York.
2007: The Graceful Ghost: Contemporary Piano Rags, Capstone Records 8774, Brooklyn, New York.
2001: Whippin’ the Keys: 75 years of Novelty Piano Ragtime (with Gary Smart, guest artist), Capstone Records 8694, Brooklyn, New York.
2000: On the Highwire: Piano Rags, Waltzes and Tangos by Donald Ashwander Capstone Records 8680, Brooklyn, New York.
Stolen Music: New Compositions by Matthew Davidson, Capstone Records 8675, Brooklyn, New York (re-release of original Mastersound album).
1999: Syncopated Lady: Tomoko Deguchi plays American piano music influenced by music outside the sphere of western “art” music. Capstone Records 8665, Brooklyn, New York.
1996: Stolen Music, Mastersound/Allegro, Toronto, Ontario (now deleted).
1996: Sugar’s Nightmare: Piano Rags to Jazz 1898-1995, Mastersound/Allegro DFCDI-222, Toronto, Ontario (now deleted).
1995: Voodoo Queen: Piano rags, jazz, and blues performed by Matthew Davidson, Mastersound/Allegro DFCDI-220, Toronto, Ontario (now deleted).
1994: The Graceful Ghost: Contemporary Piano Rags, Mastersound/Allegro DFCDI-216, Toronto, Ontario (now deleted).
1992: Space Shuffle and Other Futuristic Rags, Stomp Off Records 1252, York Pennsylvania.
Present Catalog of Compositions (duration in brackets)
2011: Zwei Motetten (SATB choir) (c. 3.30 mins)
2011: Music for Viola & Orchestra (c. 15 mins)
2011: "ROBERT SCHUMANN - SYMPHONY No. 5" (c. 30 mins)
2010: Gavotte (for violin solo) (c. 3.30 mins)
2010: Four Dances for String Quartet (c. 14 mins)
2010: LOVE OR MONEY – Singspiel in One Act & Thirteen Scenes for singer/actors & full orchestra [includes piano-vocal score, text, lyrics, & orchestrations] based on “The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus” by Christopher Marlowe [PD] (c. 90 mins)
2009: Menuet pour le violon solo (c. 3.30’)
2008: PAPILLONS (piano solo) (c. 20 mins)
2008: Sonatine Pastorale (piano solo) (c. 11 mins)
2008: Menuetto (arrangement of 3rd movement of Schubert's 5th Symphony) (c. 3.30 mins)
2008: Music for Piano with Orchestra (c. 30 mins)
2007: The Owl and The Pussy Cat for SATB choir (c. 3 mins)
2006: Music for String Trio (Violin, Viola, Violoncello) (c. 15 mins)
2006: Music for Viola and Piano (c. 15 mins)
2006: Nonsense Music (Mezzo Soprano and Piano) (c. 4 mins)
2002: Six Chorale Preludes for piano solo (c. 12 mins)
2000: After Brahms: Nine Concert Tangos for piano four hands (c. 9 mins)
1999: Trois Oeuvres de Rameau [orchestration of three harpsichord works by Jean Philippe Rameau] (c. 12 mins) [revised in 2008]
1997: Nicklettes orchestral suite for children (10 mins)
1996: Nicklettes solo piano suite for children (10 mins)
1995: In the Land of Wonderful Dreams five movement suite for solo piano (c. 25 mins)
1993: Stolen Music for a flute player solo flute and/or piccolo (10 mins)
1993: Etudes for Piano, Book I (five movements – c. 14 mins)
1993: Etudes for Piano, Book II (five movements – c. 25 mins)
1992: Millet Music for as many musicians as possible (work for multiple percussionists) (Indeterminate length)
1991: “#5” for analog tape (6 mins)
1991: I had five long years for string quartet (8 mins)
1990: The Minute Passacaglia for analog tape (1 minute)
1990: Three Elusive Rags for piano solo (10 mins)
1989: Le Poème Inattendu for Large Orchestra (c. 14 mins) [re-orchestrated & revised 2009]
1988: Signor Grinderino for analog tape (7:45 mins)
1988: Between the Lines for analog tape (8:02 mins)
1988: Music for String Quartet [revised 1996] (6 mins)
1988: Deux Plaisanteries for (Eb) alto sax and piano (5 mins)
1985: Magyar Rondo for solo viola (6 mins)
Doctor of Music Arts (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA) 1994
Master of Music (University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada) 1989
Private Theory Instruction (Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto) 1988-9
Private and College Piano Instruction (Wellington Polytechnic Institute’s Executant Music Course, and various private teachers in New Zealand and Canada) 1983-9
Private Conducting Instruction 1983-4
Bachelor of Music (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand) 1984
Composition: Salvatore Martirano (University of Illinois); John Beckwith (University of Toronto); Jack Body (Victoria University)
Theory: Alexander Rapoport (Royal Conservatory of Music)
Piano: William Heiles (University of Illinois); Harold Heap (private instruction, Toronto, Canada); Lawrence Pitchko (private instruction, Toronto, Canada); Rae de Lisle (private instruction, Wellington, New Zealand); Bruce Greenfield and Phillipa Ward (one year at Wellington Polytechnic Institute’s Executant Music Course); John Powell (private instruction, Wellington, New Zealand)
Conducting: Roger Taylor
English, French, Spanish, German (limited), Czech (limited)