Matthew James Van Driel

Matthew James Van Driel

Music Composer, Music Conductor and Musician

Toronto, Canada

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About Matthew

Matthew Van Driel is a Canadian composer, orchestrator, arranger and conductor. As a film composer, he has written scores for numerous short films from countries worldwide including Canada, the USA, Vietnam and India. He has also been composing and arranging chamber and concert works which have had premiers in both Canada and Hong Kong.

Matthew began his musical training on the clarinet in the seventh grade, and continued in the following years with the bass clarinet, piano, and Chinese dizi. Matthew developed a love for composing music during high school and would later attend York University from 2008 to 2013 where he earned a B.F.A Specialized Honours in Music. While there, he studied composition under both Mike Cado and David Lidov. It was also during this time when Matthew became acquainted with the Toronto Chinese Orchestra and his interest in Chinese music started to form.

Works of his have been performed by ensembles including the Toronto Chinese Orchestra, Hong Kong Juvenile & Youth Chinese Classical Orchestra, Canadian Sinfonietta Youth Orchestra, Dim Sum Ensemble, Windago, and Spire.



  • Unforgettable

    Unforgettable (2016)
    Film (short) by Jay Rao (Drama and Short) Composer

  • Transitions

    Transitions (2016)
    Film by Kira Murphy (Short and Drama) Composer Deals with modern day issue of relationships surrounding youth transgenders. Savannah is a senior high school student whose life is turned upside down when the information of her recent decision to transition into a male gets involuntarily posted on social media. Serious consequences are forced upon Savannah when her friends and family see the post. "More than 50% of Transgender youth will have had at least one suicide attempt by their 20th birthday." We need to inspire youth to come out as their true selves and show support during their difficult times. Written by Kira Murphy

  • Narcissistic

    Narcissistic (2016)
    Film by Kyle Dunbar (Short, Mystery and Thriller) Composer On the eve before his birthday, city celebrity Nick Belvedere spends it stowed away in his apartment, alone. What follows is the haunting of Nick's past, present, and future.

  • Not All Lovers Can Be Seers

    Not All Lovers Can Be Seers (2015)
    Film (short) by Strack Azar (Drama and Short) Composer

  • Rosewood for Mister Lemon

    Rosewood for Mister Lemon (2015)
    Film (short) by Strack Azar (Drama and Short) Composer A door-to-door bomb shelter salesman unwillingly becomes involved in a dispute between a religious southern family. Neither party is willing to compromise, even as a submission to one another would improve the lives of them all.

  • Winter Harvest

    Winter Harvest (2012)
    Film (short) by James Anthony Young (Horror, Thriller and Short) Composer After an unknown cataclysmic event wipes out civilization, an old man finds himself alone on an abandoned farm. With his supplies dwindling, his clean water running out, he sets out in search of food.

  • October Country

    October Country (2012)
    Film (short) by Jenna Elzein (Drama and Short) Composer

  • Nightlights

    Nightlights (2011)
    Film (short) by James Anthony Young (Drama, Sci-Fi and Short) Composer A deep-space Surveyor finds himself alone, low on fuel, and far away from home and his family.


  • York University (Toronto, ON)

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