Mathew Arrellin

Cello, Contemporary Composition, Music Theory

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Mathew Arrellín (pronounced: A-rre-yín), born in El Paso, Texas in 1993, is a composer and cellist currently based in Chicago. He has written solo, chamber works, and orchestral, which have been performed by Ensemble Dal Niente, the Mivos Quartet, Third Coast Percussion, Chicago Composers Orchestra, ~Nois, the Low Frequency Trio, the Fonema Consort, New Music New Mexico, Ben Roidl-Ward, and himself, among others. His music has been performed in festivals such as the Valencia International Performance Academy (VIPA, 2016), June in Buffalo (2018), and the SCI National Conference (2019). 

Mathew has taught courses at Northwestern, including as first year aural skills and music theory, class composition for majors and non-majors, and in the Spring of 2020, he taught a general music class of his own design titled “Music and the Visual Arts,” which explored the historical and conceptual intersections between the two disciplines.

Mathew holds a bachelor’s degree in music theory, composition, and cello performance from the University of New Mexico, where his cello teacher was David Schepps and his composition teacher was José-Luis Hurtado. He received his PhD in Music Composition and Technology at Northwestern University in 2022 where he studied with Jay Alan Yim, Alex Mincek, and Hans Thomalla.

I teach both music composition and cello lessons, and I easily adapt to the students needs, at whatever stage of their musical journey they happen to be on. For music composition, this means lending support in areas ranging from technique and music theory to more advanced compositional topics, like form, counterpoint, parametric considerations, and so on. For cello students, this can mean addressing posture, intonation, proper bow hold, practice techniques, routine, etc. I never make assumptions about my students and always work flexibly to help them achieve success.

I received my PhD in Music Composition from Northwestern University.

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