Matthew Hough (b. 1981) is a Brooklyn-based composer and guitarist. Raised in upstate New York, Hough moved to New York City in 1999. Once in NYC, Hough co-founded the groups Zs (2000), Galoshes (2002), Seductive Sprigs (2005), and Music=quals (2008). In 2012, Brooklyn label Original Abstractions released Remembered States, the first full-length album comprised solely of Hough’s compositions.
Hough’s recent works have been performed and/or presented by Wet Ink, Iktus Percussion, the Machine Project, soprano Rachel Payne, violinist Joshua Modney, Freeport Schools, Red Light New Music, Loadbang, Yarn/Wire and others. Hough’s current projects include solo works for organist Meghann Wilhoite and percussionist Ian Antonio, as well as a collection of ensemble pieces set to texts by Ian Gallagher.
Hough has received awards, grants and/or other recognition from the American Music Center, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Minnesota Orchestra, New York Youth Symphony, WNYC’s Q2 Music and Ithaca College. Hough holds a DMA from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied composition with Reiko Fueting and guitar with Jack Wilkins. Hough currently serves on the faculties of Columbia University and Nyack College, where he teaches composition, theory and ear training classes.
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