Matteo Marciano is an assistant professor of the Music Technology Department at NYU-Abu Dhabi, and chief engineer of its cutting edge recording studio.
Born and educated in Rome, he subsequently moved to New York and worked in the entertainment industry for Sony, Universal and others. He is a multi-platinum record producer, mixer and composer, and has worked on numerous American films and TV shows, including Pitch Perfect, John Wick, Fifty Shades of Grey, Horrible Bosses and Sex & The City.
“What I do as a mixer, engineer and record producer, is build a bridge between an artist’s vision and the final product,” he says. “When I received the call from NYU four years ago, the fact that music had the ability to bring me to Abu Dhabi to teach in a world class university, that was the main attraction for me.”
Today, he teaches four different courses, focused on music production, audio engineering and recording arts. Alongside his academic work, however, he has also started a new movement for live music that has taken root on campus and offers both students and staff the opportunity to hone their performance skills.
“When I got here four years ago, in Abu Dhabi the music scene wasn’t that broad,” he says. “So in 2017 I decided to create a community-wide event, the Battle of the Bands, which became one of the biggest events on campus. That opened up a Pandora’s box of possibilities, and in 2019 we have submissions from 12 student bands, which is already a huge improvement. I feel that music, especially on this campus, is bringing together a broader community that is unique in itself.”
Battle of the Bands is now a popular annual event on Abu Dhabi’s calendar, with an audience of hundreds watching musicians compete for a first prize that includes the production of an EP at the world-class NYUAD recording studio.
As well as teaching, playing music himself and promoting live music across campus and in the city, Marciano has also developed an international partnership with AVID Pro Tools sound production software, making NYUAD the first university in the city an Avid Learning Partner.
“My goal is to let students build, over their four years of study here, a very broad portfolio of world-class work, experience and especially a network,” says Matteo. “The reason that sold me on this place was being introduced to the multicultural environment of the university. This by itself is enormously enriching, and why I want to be part of this community — you have an outreach of, literally, the whole world.”