Matthew Jackfert (b. 1988), son of Jennifer Jackfert and the late Dr. Kent Jackfert, is a native of Charleston, WV. He completed his undergraduate Composition degree at West Virginia University, while studying under Dr. John Beall, as well as his undergraduate Chinese degree. He also finished a Master’s in Composition at University of Texas in Austin this year while also serving as director of the extracurricular choir, Collegium Musicum. At UT, Jackfert studied with Donald Grantham, Daniel Welcher, Russell Pinkston, Yevgeniy Sharlat, and Bruce Pennycook.
Jackfert currently works in Charleston, WV as a composer and radio host with West Virginia Public Broadcasting in addition to his freelance work.
Jackfert has written for concert music, TV, film and videogames. Jackfert has done a number of ads and short films as well as work on the videogame, I Dig It: Journey to the Core by InMotion Software. Jackfert has been played by several ensembles of different sizes and instrumentations including the Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. and the Sweet Lipzz Band, the WVU Wind Symphony, the WVU Symphony Orchestra, the River Cities Orchestra, Waynesburg University Concert Band, Marshall University Wind Symphony, and WV Youth Symphony Orchestra, among others. In 2014, his piece “On the Shores of Qingdao” was performed by the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra as well as by the Tannenbaum-Sternberger Young Artists Orchestra at the Eastern Music Festival. In addition, his symphonic work, Ripples, was read by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra a few years ago. Two of his works have been selected for the Society of Composers (SCI) National Student Conference and SEAMUS National Conference. With WVPB, he has written themes for West Virginia Morning, The Legislature Today, this Week in WV History. Jackfert scored John Nakashima’s documentary, “The First 1,000 Days” to be shown on WV PBS. In 2012, Jackfert served as the composer-in-residence for the West Virginia Youth Orchestra for their 2012 Tour of Europe.