Bio

Martin Schreiner is a composer with a broad range of musical experience and interests. His catalog has more than 80 compositions including: concert music for traditional symphonic instruments, jazz ensemble, chamber groups, choral music and solo vocal works. He began writing for traditional Japanese instruments in 1994--particularly the shakuhachi and koto. Some of his most recent works combine Japanese and western instruments and include three concertinos for koto and symphony orchestra.
 
His music has won awards from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, NERT International Chamber Music Composition Competition, a Bryant Fellowship from Harvard University, and a certificate from the 21st Century Music Project Competition of the the International Center for Japanese Culture in Yokohama, Japan. Martin's music has been performed across the United States, in Europe and Japan. Among the many concert programs his music has appeared, sponsors have included: the national and regional conferences of the Society of Composers, Inc.; Enchanted Circle Concerts of the New England Conservatory; Shepard School of Music, Rice University; 4th Annual International Guitar Festival, hosted by the University of Memphis; Midland-Odessa Symphony Orchestra; MusicFest Nara 2014, Nara Centennial Hall, Japan; Kazenomori Hall Chamber Music Series, Japan; and the Montanea Summer Music Festival, Switzerland among others. He has received commissions for music from the Cape Ann Symphony, Melrose Symphony and Quincy Symphony Orchestras of Massachusetts among other groups and soloists. His Symphonic Journey for Orchestra (Symphony No. 1) was recorded by the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra on the MMC Recordings label.

Martin's experience has included a position he held as Director of Maps and Media Services in the Harvard Library of Harvard University until his retirement in June 2020. In this position he founded Expanding the Boundaries of Authorship--a forum for building community and partnerships in authoring with multimedia resources and tools. He is also a founding member and co-chair of the Digital Futures Consortium at Harvard University (2012-2018)  which served to promote and support digital scholarship and innovation--including his particular specialties in authoring with media (audio, video and music). Martin was instrumental in establishing a Digital Scholarship Support Group in 2015-16 and integrating programs of the Digital Futures Consortium at Harvard into this new group which he co-chaired through May 2020.

Martin's earlier experience and activities have also included: Composer and associate with Afternoons of Shakuhachi and Koto Music concert series; Head of Music and Media at Hilles and Lamont Libraries of Harvard University; Director of Ellen Sitgreave Motter Concert/Lecture series at Harvard University; Community Artist with the Mayor's Office for Cultural and Community Affairs, Springfield, MA. He was also a military bandsman (clarinetist) with the U.S. Army 1970-72.     

Education:
Martin is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music (MM '86) where his principal teachers were Arthur Berger, Pozzi Escot and Malcolm Peyton. As an undergraduate he majored in music composition as a student of Philip Bezanson and Robert Stern at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  He has compositions published with Frank E Warren Music Service and more compositions distributed through J. W. Pepper Music.

Recordings:
Three Japanese Images for piano; Ballade for violin and piano; Opera Scenes without a Libretto for piano, Aleksandra Ivanova and Anastasiya Abadjieva perf. Independent album titled "Stories Beyond Words," 2020 

Two Japanese Idylls for guitar. The "Legend of Hagoromo," Aaron Larget-Caplan, perf. Stone Records, 2015.

Symphonic Journey for orchestra. Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Robert Black, cond. MMC Recordings, 1993.

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Schreiner: Nocturne (1988)
Schreiner: Moments
Schreiner: Sonata no 2
Schreiner: Bamboo and Silk Tango
Schreiner: Water Music
Schreiner: Su Song's Astronomical Clock
Schreiner: Ballade for 13-string koto
Schreiner: Anatomy & Variations of the Sirens' Song
Schreiner: Symphony no 1
Schreiner: Bamboo and Silk Tango, Again: new partner
Schreiner: Water Music
Schreiner: Two Japanese Idylls
Schreiner: Three Japanese Images
Schreiner: Ballade: the Fox and the Grapes
Schreiner: Opera Scenes without a Libretto


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