Matthew Allen is a Los Angeles based composer/performer. Through his music he tries to explore the existential, transcendental, and metaphysical aspects of the human condition. Mr. Allen has followed the "do-it-yourself" ethos of composers Philip Glass and Steve Reich and has formed his own composer-led groups, which include: The Matt Allen Ensemble, Free the Birds Percussion Quartet, and the Kafka CafĂ© Orchestra. He has also received commissions from the Fiato String Quartet and Lisa Edelstein of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
          In composition Mr. Allen has studied with Michael Jon Fink, Michael Pisaro, and Dr. Lloyd Rodgers. As a multi-instrumentalist he has studied Percussion with: David Johnson, Todd Miller, and Dr. Lynn Vartan. His Piano teachers include Norman Henry Mamey, Michael Sushel and on Organ Tisha Mabee. Mr. Allen has been honored with a number of scholarships including the prestigious James Irving Foundation Scholarship in Music Composition 2013 and the Alan A. Manasen Scholarship in Music Composition 2009. He earned his MFA in Music Composition from the California Institute of the Arts and holds his BM in Music Composition from the California State University, Fullerton.