David Matthews is an English composer renowned for his orchestral, chamber, vocal, and piano compositions. Active since the late 20th century, his work exhibits influences from the Tippett, Britten, and Maw generations of English composers. Rooted in ecstatic melodic writing and expanded tonal harmony, Matthews delves into large-scale structures inspired by central European traditions, notably Mahler and Beethoven. His remarkable output includes fifteen string quartets, ten symphonies, and numerous concertos. Notable achievements encompass a celebrated Nash Ensemble portrait concert, symphonic poems premiered at the BBC Proms, and collaborations with Roger Scruton.