Matthew Whiteside

Award: Transmission Fund

Year: 2018

Genre: Contemporary Classical

Instrument/voice type: Composer

Location: Scotland


Matthew Whiteside is a composer, collaborator and sound designer based in Glasgow named ‘One to Watch’ in the Herald’s Culture Awards 2017. He writes music for concert, film and collaborative installations while often-using live electronics. Recent work has included a short opera Little Black Lies commissioned by Scottish Opera Connect, with libretto by Helene Grøn, Entangled commissioned by the Institute of Physics for the 2018 NI Science Festival and working with filmmaker/chorographer Marisa Zanotti developing a new piece with Magnetic North for ensemble, film and VR. Matthew is currently in receipt of an Open Project grant from Creative Scotland to record and release an album of string quartets. 
He has received international performances by ensembles such as the RTÉ NSO, Red Note Ensemble, the Aurea Quartet and Diagenesis Duo at venues such as Dublin’s National Concert Hall, Glasgow City Halls, Salem Artworks in New York and the Belfast International Festival at Queen’s. He has been commissioned by Cottiers Chamber Project and Lorimer Productions for Cappella Nova and co-commissioned by sound festival and R-Space gallery to collaborate with Dominika Mayovich to create an interactive sound/art installation. 
Whiteside Solo for Viola D’amore and Live Electronics, recorded by Emma Lloyd. was described as having the overall effect of ‘one of meditation – a Japanese stone garden whose raked ripples have been brought into sound’ by Musicweb International and features on his debut album Dichroic Light released in 2015 and supported by Creative Scotland. The album was the subject of two episodes of exploration on CyBC, Cyprus, as well as broadcasts on BBC 3, BBC 6 Music, Lyric FM, Ireland, Radio Horizon, South Africa, and WFMT, USA among others. 
Matthew is a member of the Contemporary Music Centre in Dublin, where his music is housed, and programmes and produces The Night With… putting on concerts of interesting music in informal venues.