Matthew Ricketts is a Canadian composer, writer and educator. He has written operas, orchestral music, chamber music, and solo works for a variety of different ensembles, including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Aspen Philharmonic, the Esprit Orchestra, soprano Tony Arnold, pianist Julia Den Boer, Mivos and JACK Quartet, Argento, Talea and Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne. He is particularly interested in text, text-music relationships, and opera, and has also worked as a poet, scholar, and librettist. He is currently a core lecturer at Columbia University.
At MacDowell, he composed a song cycle "Lunch Poems 2" on text by poet Paul Legault, slated for performance in Fall 2019 with Nathaniel LaNasa (piano) and Daniel McGrew (tenor). This work was written with support from the Guggenheim Foundation. Ricketts also worked on music for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (Halo, for two trombones and orchestra; premiered August 11 2019) and began a new commission for ensemble loadbang. He attended the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival in July 2019 for the premiere of a new work commissioned by the festival for the FLUX quartet.