Matthew Quayle is an American composer and pianist. He has received commissions and performances from Akira Saxophone Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Almeida Theatre (London), Arditti String Quartet, Avalon String Quartet, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, The Brass Project, eighth blackbird, Janus, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Locrian Chamber Players, New London Children’s Choir, United States Air Force Strings, and the Westchester Symphonic Winds; and many soloists, including Deborah Andrus, Emanuele Arciuli, Claire Chase, Lorraine Duso, Gail Levinsky, Jameson Platte, and Ashley Sandor Sidon. His diverse compositional output ranges from concert orchestral works to cabaret song cycles.
His album of original solo piano music, Songs Without Words, was released on Albany Records in July 2015. He wrote the music and lyrics for the 2013 album Amazed By You, a collection of original cabaret songs commissioned by soprano Marian Murphy. Upcoming recording releases include an album of his complete string quartets by the Avalon String Quartet and an album of cello and piano music with Jameson Platte.
Quayle has performed widely as a solo pianist and chamber musician. He has collaborated closely with cellist Jameson Platte since 2005. They have appeared at Bar Harbor Music Festival, Glens Falls Symphony MusicBridge Festival, Kosciuszko Foundation, Merkin Concert Hall, Monmouth Conservatory, Montclair Art Museum, New York University, New York University Abu Dhabi, and Skidmore College—sometimes joined by flutist Allison Kiger (as Ensemble Tremblay) or violinist Michael Emery (as the Omega Trio). He presented a solo Chopin program at the Winter Garden of New York’s World Financial Center in 2010, as part of the Chopin 200 Bicentennial Festival. He has worked in a staff or freelance capacity as a collaborative pianist at Hamilton College, New England Music Camp, Oberlin Conservatory, University of Cincinnati, UMass Amherst, and UNC Greensboro.
Quayle is currently Assistant Arts Professor of Music at NYU Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. He has taught at New York University College of Arts and Science, Guilford College, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and University of Massachusetts Lowell. He was a faculty artist at New England Music Camp from 2012 to 2014. A native of Waterville, New York, Quayle studied at Oberlin Conservatory (B.M.), University of Cincinnati (M.M.), and New York University Graduate School of Arts and Science (Ph.D.).