Matthew Maslanka, David’s son, believes in his father’s music. From his earliest memories of dancing to David composing the Saxophone Sonata to preparing parts for Symphony No. 5 to accompanying him to Beijing, Matthew has been immersed in his father’s music and philosophy for his entire life.
Matthew is an accomplished professional musician. His euphonium performance degrees from Michigan State University and Indiana University now see him performing on euphonium and trombone in New York City on Broadway and in the Greenwich Village Orchestra. As a copyist, he’s worked in musical theater (Far From Heaven, Chess), video games (Destiny 2, Star Wars: The Old Republic), and film (Incredibles 2, Wreck-It Ralph 2), while engraving to world standard for Carl Fischer (NY) and Hans Sikorski (Hamburg).
He has run Maslanka Press since 2012, creating elegant new editions of his father’s music and making them available for sale in accessible formats. In 2017, following David’s passing, he started the David Maslanka Foundation with his brother Stephen and sister Kathryn to preserve his father’s legacy.
As part of the Maslanka Foundation’s mission, Matthew has taken up where his father left off: visiting schools and performers to work with ensembles on David’s music. Matthew brings his personal and professional experience together to offer unique insight into these works and enabling a focused, connected performance.