Matt Gates is a classicaly trained composer (B.M. Music Composition, Summa Cum Laude, The University of Arkansas, SMPTV Advanced Studies, University of Southern California). Matt was mostly self taught from an early age. Growing up in a relatively small town forced him to learn on his own volition and he taught himself music theory and orchestration by checking out books and orchestral study scores from the local library.
Gates' classical background isn't the first thing you hear in his music; First and foremost is an insistence on memorable melodies and themes, second is a clear sense of drama and a simplicity that is aimed at making the music serve the drama and story. But both of these aspects are strongly supported by well crafted arrangements and thoughtful orchestrations.
Matt grew up programing his music into synths and samplers and is especially skilled at creating full orchestral scores "in the box." Although he is a classically trained orchestrator who's recorded live musicians all over the globe, with today's hectic schedules and shrinking music budgets he is well known for his ability to create convincing orchestral scores in his North Hollywood studio at a fraction of the cost and time it takes to record with live musicians. Matt is a prolific composer for TV, indie films and documentaries as well as video games. A partial list of his credits can be found here: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2015534/