Icelandic musician Matthías Sigurðsson comes from a family of musicians. He begun learning to play the clarinet at age 7, and at an early age he showed considerable talent in various genres. He played in classical orchestras, the balkan band Orphic Oxtra, punk-jazz band Blæti and won a pop singing prize at age 15, to name a few examples.
Having won several national soloist competitions and an international clarinet competition he graduated as a classical clarinettist in 2013 from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. During his Masters of Live Electronics studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, he started working on his own compositions, drawing from his experience in the classical and electronic worlds. Matthías presented his own compositions, with a 4 piece electro-acoustic band in his 2016 graduation performance.
After graduating, Matthias collaborated with many theatre makers, making and performing performances at festivals such as Oerol, Over Het IJ, Wintervuur, Gaudeamus Muziekweek and Love at first sight. Furthermore he performed frequently with his band Molino (Paradiso, Bimhuis, So What's Next festival, Cross-Linx festival and more) as well as making his first steps in film music. He did a residency with Opium Op4 radio programme at the VondelCS, to develop his solo performance with clarinet and electronics, under the name of Boy On The Moon. Boy On The Moon performed at venues and art events like Studio-K, Wow-Amsterdam, Ramses impro, EARsessions, All Tomorrow’s parties and the Popronde tour of the Netherlands in 2018 - in Nijmegen, Tilburg, Groningen, Den Bosch, Utrecht, Den Haag and Alkmaar.
In 2020, his musical journey brought him to Copenhagen and Oslo. In the exclusive composition masters programme NOCOM he focused on working with his own (mainly acoustic) ensembles and composing for them. He finished NOCOM in June 2022 with his graduation work Andvarp, for 12 clarinets and synthesizer. Andvarp is an emersive performance about community in the face of climate change, from the perspective of group breathing.
Currently, Matthías splits his time between working and living in Oslo, Copenhagen and Amsterdam.
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