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HKBU Music scholar receives prestigious Charles Ives Fellowship

17 Apr 2018

Dr Matthew Schreibeis
Dr Matthew Schreibeis

Dr Matthew Schreibeis, Assistant Professor of the Department of Music at HKBU, has been awarded the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is the first composer based in Hong Kong to receive this honour.


The Charles Ives Fellowship is awarded annually to two composers of “exceptional gifts”. Dr Schreibeis said, “I am deeply honoured to have been selected to receive the 2018 Charles Ives Fellowship. It is humbling to receive an award with direct connection to America’s first great composer Charles Ives—one of twentieth-century music’s most far-sighted thinkers—and to receive this recognition from some of the American composers whose work I most admire.” 


Candidates for this music award are nominated by the 250 members of the Academy. A committee of six eminent composers then select the winners. Dr Schreibeis and the 17 other recipients of this year’s awards in music will be honoured at the Academy’s annual Ceremonial in New York City in May. 


Dr Schreibeis’ compositions have been performed throughout the US, Europe, and Asia by soprano Tony Arnold, New York New Music Ensemble, Oberlin Contemporary Ensemble and Eastman BroadBand, among others. His music spans orchestral, chamber, and vocal works, and includes collaborations with video artists and a series of pieces for traditional Korean instruments. This summer he will be in residence at Copland House and record his first CD for Albany Records.


The American Academy of Arts and Letters was founded in 1898 as an honour society of the country’s leading architects, artists, composers, and writers. The Academy seeks to foster and sustain an interest in Literature, Music, and the Fine Arts by administering over 70 awards and prizes.