Matthew Nunes is a product of the Okaloosa County School System and its prestigious music programs, graduating from Niceville High School.
He is now a composer and euphonist on the rise. 2017 was a breakout year as he advanced to the Northeast Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference’s Mock Band Audition finals, the Leonard Falcone International Tuba-Euphonium Festival’s Euphonium Artist semi-finals, and won the 2017 Montclair State University Concerto Competition with his own Concerto for Euphonium (2015). In 2012 he won the University of Central Florida Concerto Aria Competition for Band – earning the distinction of being the first euphonium player to win since his former teacher Dr. Gail Robertson. He earned his Master’s in Euphonium Performance at Montclair State University studying with Derek Fenstermacher. His former teachers include Dr. Gail Robertson, Dr. Robin Sisk, and Tim Van Dam.
Matthew is a published composer with nine works for various mediums available from Cimarron Music Press as well as Flurry for flute quartet (or ensemble) available through Brixton Publications. His Concerto for Euphonium and Wind Band was premiered by Dr. Gail Robertson and the Little Rock Wind Symphony in 2016, while his In League with Extraordinary Women (Concerto for Tuba and Wind Band) was premiered by Dr. Robin Sisk and the University of Florida Symphonic Band in 2019. Matthew earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Composition from UCF studying with composer Christopher Marshall.
Theory and research are important to Matthew, and he has been invited to present lectures at the Northeast and Southeast Tuba-Euphonium Conferences in 2020. In late 2019 his article Mystery, Necromancy, and the Euphonium was published in Vol. 47, No. 1 of the International Tuba-Euphonium Association Journal.
Matthew is always writing new music and is auditioning for bands in the Washington, D.C. area. He is planning a 2-in-1 debut solo/composition CD (TBA) as well as the first online database for theoretical writings on the tuba and euphonium repertoires. Matthew currently teaches at Grow Your Gift Conservatory of Music in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.