Matthew Peterson The American/Swedish composer Matthew Peterson (b. 1984, Grand Forks, North Dakota) has swiftly made his mark as an independent and dynamic voice in music, praised for his “mastery of vocal writing and colorful orchestration” (Classical Voice America) and for crafting opera that is "darkly brilliant" (Texas Classical Review) “truly beautiful” (Anne Midgette, Washington Post), and “instantly compelling” (Heidi Waleson, WSJ).

His works have been performed worldwide by ensembles such as the Minnesota Orchestra and Gothenburg Symphony. He has recently been commissioned by Washington National Opera, St Olaf Christmas Festival, Sofia Vokalensemble, and Stockholm Saxophone Quartet. He lives with his family in Dalarna, Sweden.

Peterson's work, across many instrumentations, is harmonious, rhythmic, and innovative.

His orchestral hymn-fantasies are featured often on Christmas concerts across the US. Other works such as "And all the trees of the field will clap their hands" and "Hyperborea" are inspired by nature.

Peterson's choral works, mostly sacred motets with Latin texts, are performed often in Sweden.

He has composed three operas. The first, The Binding of Isaac (2006), is a modern retelling of the story of Abraham, Isaac and Sarah. Voir Dire (2017), is a true-crime opera based on librettist Jason Zencka's experience as a court reporter in Wisconsin. Lifeboat (2017, A JFK Commission for Washington National Opera) is inspired by the EU migration crisi

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