Composer JAMES MATHESON has rapidly emerged as one of the most distinctive, vital, and creative musical voices of his generation. The American Academy of Arts and Letters honored him in December, 2011, with the Charles Ives Living, an award of $100,000 a year for 2 years (2012-2014). A 2000 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship recipient, Matheson's music has been programmed by such organizations as the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, the Chicago and Albany Symphony Orchestras, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Orchestra 2001, LA's Monday Evening Concerts Series, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and at music festivals including Tanglewood, Ravinia, Aspen, Spoleto, Santa Fe, among many others.
In September of 2009, James became Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s innovative Composer Fellowship Program. Recent projects include True South, an orchestral work commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, Violin Concerto, co-commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic (with soloists Baird Dodge, Martin Chalifour, in Chicago and Los Angeles respectively) and String Quartet, commissioned for the St. Lawrence String Quartet.