Matthew Grouse

Award: Do it Differently Fund

Year: 2019

Genre: Contemporary Classical

Instrument/voice type: Composer

Location: Scotland


Matthew Grouse (b.1996) is a composer based in Glasgow who regularly combines music for instruments and voices with electronic sound, text, video and performative media. His work is often concerned with human frailties and reframing the seemingly mundane aspects of everyday life. In 2018, Matthew was awarded the Dorico Award for Small/Medium Scale Work at the Scottish Awards for New Music.

Recent activities include pieces for Yaron Deutsch's Electric Guitar Etude Project and the Chamber Sessions Project at the 2018 Darmstädter Ferienkurse (participation generously supported by Help Musicians UK's Transmission Fund Award). In 2018, Matthew was Composer-in-Residence with Nevis Ensemble, who commissioned a new orchestral piece for their inaugural tour of Scotland. In the same year, his first electroacoustic EP 'Palettes' was released on the New York based label, Not Art Records.

Matthew has worked on pieces with artists including: Royal Northern Sinfonia; Hebrides Ensemble; Red Note Ensemble; Nevis Ensemble; The Assembly Project; Ligeti Quartet; Gildas Quartet; Rolf Hind and Andrew Zolinsky (piano duo); trumpeter Tom Poulson (Stockholm Chamber Brass); and bassoonist Ben Hudson (Psappha Ensemble). Works have been showcased at festivals including: Darmstadt; St Magnus International Festival; The Cumnock Tryst; Occupy the Pianos; EviMus; Sound-Image, and at venues such as Newcastle's Sage Gateshead, Edinburgh's Usher Hall, and London's St John's, Smith Square.

Matthew is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he studied composition with David Fennessy, electroacoustic composition with Dr Alistair MacDonald and jazz guitar with Kevin Mackenzie.