Matthew Ferraro Studied at the University of Southern California on a full scholarship for music and academics. There, he studied under S. Lauridson, A. Lutoslawski, and G. Field. From USC, Ferraro ventured overseas to London, studying music independently at the Guildhall School of Music and performing arts at the University of Kent at Canterbury where he received a diploma in Visual and Performing Arts.
While in Europe, he composed music for the theatrical adaptation of The Hard Man, a work for scaffold percussion performed by the Gulbenkian Theatre. He also performed jazz with various artists including Hugh Masekala, Jim Mullen, Jean Toussant, and Gerard Presencer. From 1990-1998, he lived in Chicago, continuing his studies and composing and producing original soundtracks for numerous national advertising campaigns. Some of his notable clients include Allstate Insurance, Discover, Chicago Blackhawks, Greenbay Packers, Ford Co., McDonald’s, Habitat for Humanity, Sony Pictures, Visa, and Gatorade. He e You Don’t Know Jack. His first film score for the fil m The Mind’s Treasure Chest won a Gold Plaque Award at the Chicago International Film Festival. In 1999, Ferraro was called by Hollywood to work as an orchestrator, producer and ghost writer. He orchestrated music for the Academy Award nominated film The Insider. In 2000-2001 he orchestrated and produced music for Simpson’s creator Matt Groening’s Futurama, and the Christmas tale, Olive the Other Reindeer. That year, Ferraro scored the Lionshare Pictures film Southern Man. In 2001, He co-wrote, orchestrated and produced music for the Sci- Fi television series Dune and for the ABC mini-series Anne Frank, The Whole Story. He scored the movie trailer and accompanying video game music for the blockbuster film Spiderman, X-Men, and Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report, as well as contributing orchestrations to Speilberg’s game Medal of Honor, and LucasArts Secret Weapons Over Normandy. In 2003, Ferraro composed the original score for film Mango Kiss, which won the Gold Medal for Director’s Choice of Music at the Park City Film Music Festival at Sundance. In 2004 he continued working as a ghostwriter and orchestrator in Hollywood, contributing his work to the Disney/Pixar hit, The Incredibles. For the past six years, Ferraro has also been composing an original symphony called “The Tension of Opposites”, also known as “Four Symphonic Poems”. The California Arts Council and Americans for the Arts have endorsed the work. It is a multi-media work, the first of its kind. Most recently, he was commissioned by the Catholic Church to compose and produce a new set of hymns celebrating the Jubilee year of the Jesuits in 2006. The music was recorded in London with the Crouch End Festival Chorus. The music will be distributed worldwide in seven different languages. Matthew continues to live and work between London and Los Angeles.