Matthew Burtner

Matthew Burtner
Professor of Composition and Computer Technologies, University of Virginia
Performance: Auksalaq: A Performance by EcoSono
Workshop: Earth Music

Matthew Burtner ( is an Alaskan-born composer, sound artist and eco-acoustician whose music and research explores embodiment, ecology, polytemporality and noise. First Prize winner of the Musica Nova International competition and an IDEA Award winner, Burtner's music also received honors and prizes from the Bourges (France), Gaudeamus (Netherlands), Darmstadt (Germany) and The Russolo (Italy) international competitions.


His compositions have been performed in festivals and venues throughout the world, and commissioned by ensembles such as NOISE (USA), Integrales (Germany), Peak FreQuency (USA), MiN (Norway), Musikene (Spain), Spiza (Greece), CrossSound (Alaska), and others. He is the composer of several large-scale environmental, intermedia artworks including the climate change opera, Auksalaq. His work has been supported by major grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), and he has created ecoacoustic music for organizations including President Obama’s US State Department. His research in ecoacoustics has recently been featured by NASA’s Goddard Space Center, the American Geophysical Union (AGU), Earther Magazine, and the Center for Energy Studies in the Humanities (CENHS) at Rice University.


Matthew Burtner is Professor of Composition and Computer Technologies (CCT) in the Music Department at the University of Virginia, and Director of the environmental arts non-profit organization, EcoSono ( At UVA he also co-Directs The Coastal Futures Conservatory.