Peter Matz has distinguished himself as one of the foremost musical director/arranger/composers in every medium of entertainment. He has been honored with three Emmy Awards for My Name Is Barbra, The Sounds of Burt Bacharach, and The Carol Burnett Show; a Grammy Award for the Barbra Streisand album, People; two Tony Awards nominations; a Clio Award; and an Academy Award nomination. His original scores for countless feature films and television movies have also earned him additional awards, nominations and critical acclaim. As a musical director, he has arranged and conducted for such legendary superstars as Noel Coward, Marlene Dietrich, Barbra Streisand, Bernadette Peters, Peggy Lee, Lena Horne, Bing Crosby, Liza Minnelli, Diahann Carroll, Tony Bennett. Sarah Vaughan, Dionne Warwick, Sam Ramsey, and Melissa Manchester.|
Following graduation from UCLA and two years of intensive musical studies in France, Matz began his career on Broadway creating orchestration vocal arrangements, and dance music for Harold Arlen's House of Flowers, starring Diahann Carroll, and Jamaica, starring Lena Horne. After serving as arranger/accompanist for Noel Coward's celebrated engagement in Las Vegas, he returned to Broadway to arrange and conduct Coward's Sail Away and Richard Rodgers' No Strings and to provide orchestrations for Julie Styne's Hallelujah, Baby! Working simultaneously in television, Matz composed the themes and served as musical director for such popular hits as The Jimmy Dean Show, The Kraft Music Hall, and Hullabaloo. Diversifying into feature films, he also composed original scores for Sidney Lumet's Bye Bye Braverman, and Marlowe, starring James Garner. During this period, he met Barbra Streissand and ultimately arranged and conducted most of the material on her first five albums for Columbia (including his own composition "Gotta Move") as well as two Emmy Award-winning television specials. My Name is Barbra and Color me Barbra. Theirs proved to be a long and prolific working relationship which would later include his Oscar-nominated work on Funny Lady and the 1986 platinum hit, The Broadway Album, on which he served as co-producer as well as arranger/conductor.|
In 1971, Matz returned to Los Angeles to begin an eight-year engagement as musical director of The Carol Burnette Show, a personally and professionally rewarding association which would bring him an Emmy Award and three other nominations. His additional television credits include composing scores for more than forty movies for tleevision and six editions of Doug Henning's World of Magic, as well as musical directing literally hundreds of specials, series, and pilots, including Once Upon a Mattress, The Tim Conway Show, Mama's Family, The Kennedy Center Honors, The Muppets in Hollywood, Musical Comedy Tonight, Of Thee I Sing, Omnibus, The Presidential Inaugural Gala, and specials starring Carol Burnett, Sheena Easton, George Burns, Lily Tomlin, Bette Midler, Shirley MacLaine, Bernadette Peters, Bing Crosby, Lucille Ball, Beverly Sills, Julie Andrews, Doly Parton, and Mikhail Baryshnokov. For the past five years, he has also contributed arrangements and orchestrations to the annual Academy Awards telecast.
In addition to his concert work and arranging/producing albums for most of the great singers of our time, Matz recently composed scores for the feature motion pictures, Torch Song Trilogy and The Gum Shoe Kid. During the 1989-1990 season he returned to his roots on Broadway to orchestrate the hit musical, Grand Hotel, directed by Tommy Tune.
Peter frequently teaches seminars and served on the faculty of the USC School of Music. He and his wife, singer Marilynn Lovell, have also written and performed a series of benefit concerts around the country which have to date raised more than $200,000 to provide home health care fo people with AIDS. Matz currently lives in Los Angeles and is the father of two sons, Zachary and Jonas.
In more recent years, Peter has continued lending his production and musical direction talents to a variety of different projects. In April 1992, he produced the cast album of Grand Hotel for RCA/BMG records. A year later Peter produced, arranged, and conducted albums for Elaine Page (BMG/RCA) and Kiri Tekanawa (EMI). During 1994 he produced, arranged, and conducted Sam Harris' double CD, Standard Time/Theater Songs and produced the cast album of Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public. Peter also musically directed two AIDS benefit concerts in 1996, the first of which was S.T.A.G.E in 1996, where he directed All Sondheim on D.R.G. Records, and later that year directed Leader of the Pack/Dream Girls Tribute to Michael Peters at the Shanti Foundation AIDS Fund Raiser.
Details of all of Peter's musical credits can be found at AllMusic.com.