Matan Franco is a Melbourne-based composer, arranger and performer with a varied and diverse musical background.
Matan graduated as Valedictorian of his cohort with First Class Honours from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music in December 2015, with a Bachelor of Music (Hons) specialising in Composition and undertaking minor studies in classical voice. His composition tutors included Dr. Elliott Gyger, Dr. Stuart Greenbaum, Dr. Kevin March and Dr. Katy Abbott, and he studied voice with Stephen Grant. Matan was the recipient of several awards throughout his time at the Conservatorium, including the Lionel Gell Foundation Scholarship for Composition (2012), the Joyce McKenna Scholarship (2014) and the Adolph Spivakovsky Award for Composition (2015).
Traversing genres ranging from Contemporary Classical, Film Music and Jazz through to Music Theatre and Pop for soloists, chamber and orchestral ensembles, Matan’s music is often characterised by a deep melodic sensibility and rhythmic vitality.
As a performer, Matan was chosen as a soloist to perform with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra as part of its annual educational concert in 2005, and was cast as one of the three Spirits in the New Zealand Opera Companyʼs production of Mozartʼs ‘The Magic Flute’ in 2006. He also has a strong background in music theatre.
Matan is passionate about film, and has collaborated numerous times with his older brother Oran (www.oranfranco.com), a Bachelor of Film graduate from the prestigious Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia. Most notably, Matan composed the score for Oran’s short films Like Children and Good Boy, which have screened at several festivals around the world and online.
Born and raised in Israel, in 2014 Matan returned to his home country when he was invited to perform in a range of concerts celebrating the centenary of the birth of one of Israel’s most renowned composers, Sasha Argov. Most notably, Matan performed alongside Israel’s leading artists in a concert held by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2015, Matan originated the role of the Dad in Victorian Opera’s world premiere of Joseph Twist’s youth opera, The Grumpiest Boy in the World. At the same time, Matan was selected as young composer-in-residence with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra for 2015-16, through its ‘Rising Star’ program. Through this program, Matan was commissioned to compose three new works, the last of which was premiered by the full Orchestra at its annual educational concert at the Auckland Town Hall, in May 2016.
In late 2016, Matan applied to study a Masters in Film Scoring at the Royal College of Music (London), Pulse College (Dublin) and Seattle Film Institute (USA). Following a competitive admissions process, Matan was accepted to all three institutions, highlighting the breadth and quality of his work. He subsequently decided to accept the offer from Pulse College, where he was awarded the Christopher Young Scholarship for 2017-18, and was generously supported by the Australian Music Foundation. Matan graduated from this one-year programme in November 2018 with First Class Honours.
(Current to November, 2018)