Born in Buenos Aires in 1958, Martin Matalon received his Bachelor degree in Composition from the Boston Conservatory of Music in 1984, and in 1986 his Master’s degree from the Juilliard School of Music. In 1989, having initiated himself in conducting with Jacques-Louis Monod, he founded Music Mobile, a New York-based ensemble devoted to the contemporary repertoire (1989-96).
Among his awards, Matalon received in 2007 the »Grand Prix des Lycéens«, in 2005 the J.S Guggenheim fellowship and le prix de L’Institut de France Académie des Beaux Arts, in 2001 the award from the city of Barcelona, the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters (1986), and a Fulbright scholarship to France (1988).
In 1993, the composer collaborated for the first time with IRCAM and worked on »La Rosa profunda«, music for an exhibition at the Pompidou Centre on »The Universe of Borges«. The following year, IRCAM commissioned a new score for the restored version of Fritz Lang’s silent film, »Metropolis«. After that, Martin Matalon turned to the universe of Luis Buñuel, consecutively writing scores for three legendary surrealistic films by the Spanish director: »Un Chien andalou« (1927), »L’Age d’or« (1931), and »Las Hurdes (terre sans Pain)« (1932).
His catalogue also includes chamber and orchestral works as well as pieces written for a large spectrum of different genres : Musical tales, choreographic works, installations, music with text, radio plays and many more.
Martin Matalon has written for, among others, the Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique, Orchestre National de Lorraine, Orquesta de Barcelona y Catalunya, the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Barcelona 216, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, Ensemble Modern.
Martin Matalon was the composer-in-residence with the Orchestre National de Lorraine and the Arsenal de Metz for the years 2003 and 2004 and from 2005 until 2009 composer-in-residence at the electronic studios of La Muse en Circuit.