Composer Mátti Kovler was born in Moscow, raised in Jerusalem, and is now based in Brooklyn. Kovler’s music has been commissioned by Tanglewood, Carnegie Hall and Israel Festival. His orchestral works have been performed by the Israel Philharmonic, the Fox Studios Symphony (Los Angeles), the Metropole Orchestra (Amsterdam), the American Composers Orchestra (New York), and others. Mátti was a fellow at the Tanglewood, Aspen and Academia Chigiana Festivals, a winner of two ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Awards, and of the Theodor Presser and Brother Thomas Awards.
Mátti has mastered a range of styles from folk and jazz to those steeped in the classical tradition, and brings these together in works of considerable dramatic scope, by turns comic, mystical, warm, and searing. His musical influences include Jewish folklore, experimental music theatre and the cult writings of the French theatre philosopher Antonin Artaud. Kovler’s closest mentor was the late Israeli composer André Hajdu, who shared with him his life of spiritual questioning and self-discovery, which brought him from Budapest to Paris (to escape the Holocaust) and eventually to Jerusalem. By no coincidence, Mátti's music stumbles through the dark back corridors of Jewish mysticism, searching for meaning. This spiritual element only intensified following Kovler’s military service in the midst of the Second Intifada.
Kovler “appears to be contemplating the fork in the road that divides opera from musical theater.” (Boston Musical Intelligencer). In 2011, following the advice of composer Eric Salzman (that in order to achieve something of merit in the field of musical theater, one must concentrate on producing as much work as possible with as little as possible for as long as possible), Kovler launched Floating Tower, a cross-cultural music theatre production company. With a modular make-up of 27 multi-national actors/musicians, since its founding, Floating Tower has created over thirty productions in the US, Israel, China, Scotland, Russia and Ukraine. The company’s first production in NYC was the acclaimed opera-parody of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, The Drumf and the Rhinegold, produced during the historic 2016 election, in collaboration with Claire Chase and the International Contemporary Ensemble.
In addition to his work with Floating Tower, presently Mátti is also a member of the advanced BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, the premiere training ground for musical theatre composers and lyricists. Recent engagements include the Carnegie Hall premiere of Cokboy for actor and orchestra with the Garden State Philharmonic. Currently, Mátti is at work on a new musical theatre piece, Gospel of Sabbatai, in collaboration with playwright Matthew Kelly.
David Weininger, Boston Globe
Estimable operatic composer in the making.
Steve Smith, New York Times
Surreally evokes the experiences of immigrants in America.
Mátti Kovler's music bore a resemblance to Bernstein's filled with all the same joy and wonder.
Pete Matthews, Feast of Music
Draws as readily from Sondheim as from Wagner, but melds those two its own. He is contemplating the fork in the road that divides opera from musical theater. Someone to watch!
Steve Landrigan, Boston Musical Intelligencer
BOOKING | COMMISSIONING | PRESS INQUIRIES
Amanda Cooper, ALC Management
Inquiries for ‘Here Comes Messiah’, ‘Ami & Tami’, ‘The Drumf & the Rhinegold’:
Erin Simmons, producer
907 Lafayette Ave
Brooklyn NY 11221
tel: +1 469 826 0000
Mátti Kovler's scores and recordings are published exclusively by BarkolMusic [ASCAP] and Floating Tower Records.
Inquiries regarding all European engagements:
World Entertainment Company
Luca Ceretta, managing director
Király utca 56. 1. em 5
cell HU +36 3067 49980
cell ITA +39 329 472 1404
For Repertoire advice, commission inquiries and general information about scores and individual works please contact Mátti directly at