B i o g r a p h y
Video game enthusiast Matt Silverberg is an accomplished percussionist, composer, and educator. His compositions have been featured at numerous events such as his percussion quintet Hypnotic Crystals being selected as a winner for the 2017 Wisconsin Alliance for Composers (WAC) New Music Festival and the large chamber version of Silver Filled Dreams being featured on a panel at the MidWest Band Clinic in December of 2020. He’s had commissions ranging from percussion ensemble, chamber works, full wind ensemble, and orchestra. Matt has an EP of original Electro Pop Rock Marimba music titled Marimbtronics.
A gigantic fan of video games, Matt has arranged a plethora of video game music. Most notable is his marimba arrangement of Dragon Roost Island from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker which received over 48,000 views on facebook.
As a performer, Matt has performed internationally, in numerous pit orchestras, at video game conventions, at amusement parks and with professional groups such as the Heartland Marimba Ensemble and VocalEssence. He has performed on Iowa Public Radio and competed in the Great Plains International Marimba Competition where he was complimented on his tone and musicality. He was the featured music graduate at the Peck School of the Arts graduation convocation where he performed Joseph Schwantner's Velocities in May of 2017.
Matt has given music presentations to middle, high school and collegiate students about the life of a musician and how video game music is an important part of the musical experience. These presentations have been met with high praise and enthusiasm. He has extensive teaching experience ranging from beginners up to collegiate players and currently freelances and teaches and directs percussion ensembles in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.
His music is published through Leading Tones Publications and Heartland Marimba Publications. He has studied percussion with Fernando Meza, Phil Hey, Tom Wetzel, Carl Storniolo, and Cheryl Grosso and composition with Jonathan Monhardt and Michelle McQuade Dewhirst.
Matt received his MM from the University of Minnesota in Percussion Performance and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Percussion Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Check out his Instagram @marimbamatt913