Matthew Heck

Matthew Heck is a PhD candidate in musicology at Brandeis University writing a dissertation that situates Dmitri Shostakovich’s harmonic-contrapuntal language within Russian theoretical writings of the twentieth century and the history of Russian ideas. Matthew has studied in St. Petersburg with the help of an American Councils Study Abroad Scholarship and a Title VIII Fellowship from the U.S. Department of State, and with a Mellon Dissertation Research Grant, Matthew explored Shostakovich's datebooks at the composer's Family Archive in Moscow. His interests extend beyond Russian Music, and his class Love is the Message: Dance Music and Their Cultures from Disco to Dubstep won a University Prize Instructorship award at Brandeis. Matthew is also a violinist and member of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra.

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