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Af: Matthew Grouse

Liv og Musik

My musical upbringing mainly consisted of songwriting / playing electric guitar in bands; experimenting with recording software and MIDI sequencing; and playing in my school jazz band. I later completed a Bachelor’s degree in Glasgow, at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where I studied composition with David Fennessy and Dr. Linda Buckley, electroacoustic composition with Dr. Alistair MacDonald, and jazz guitar with Kevin Mackenzie. In 2019, I moved to Aarhus to continue my studies with Niels Rønsholdt, Juliana Hodkinson and Simon Steen-Andersen at Det Jyske Musikkonservatorium.


 I often work at an intersection between music for instruments and voices; electronic sound; text; video; interactive electronics; and performative media. Recently, my work has engaged with ideas of human frailties and a re-contextualisation of everyday sounds, happenings and automatic social and physical behaviours.


Some of latest pieces have involved a biographical / self-reflexive lens on my collaborators; choreography; modified acoustic instruments acting as disfiguring filters of older music; custom-built, tactile instruments such as paintbrush synthesizers and mini-vibration motors; quotation; a virtual singer and choir singing YouTube comments; gamification; performance of awkward and mundane verbal interactions; unedited field recordings; and spatialised music for street orchestra performed on top of mountains, in train stations, and in swimming pools.

Udvalgte værker

Recent commissions have come from Riot Ensemble / Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (for percussionist Sam Wilson); The Night With… (for The Hermes Experiment); Hebrides Ensemble / Edinburgh Book Festival; The Cumnock Tryst (for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra); Cryptic Glasgow; Sasha Savaloni (guitarist) / Current Resonance; Tom Poulson (trumpeter of Stockholm Chamber Brass); Nevis Ensemble (street orchestra); and Live Music Now (for the Dohnányi String Trio).


In 2018, 10 Seconds, written for 9 players and 4-channel audio was awarded the Dorico Award at The Scottish Awards for New Music. During the same year I was Composer-in-Residence with Scotland's Street Orchestra, Nevis Ensemble and was one of 12 composers involved with Yaron Deutsch’s Electric Guitar Etude Project at the Darmstädter Ferienkurse.


My music has been programmed at festivals such as: Darmstädter Ferienkurse (DE); Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK); Matera Intermedia (IT); St Magnus International Festival (UK); The Cumnock Tryst (UK); Occupy the Pianos (UK); Visiones Sonoras (MX); EviMus (DE); Sound-Image (UK), Leeds Lieder (UK) and at venues such as Newcastle's Sage Gateshead; Edinburgh's Usher Hall; London's St John's, Smith Square; Aarhus’ Musikhuset; and Mexico City's Ex Teresa Arte Actual.

I've had the opportunity to work on my music with artists and ensembles such as: Royal Northern Sinfonia; Hebrides Ensemble; Red Note Ensemble; The Hermes Experiment; The Assembly Project; Ligeti Quartet; Gildas Quartet; Nevis Ensemble; pianists Rolf Hind and Andrew Zolinsky; bassoonist Ben Hudson (Psappha Ensemble); percussionist Sam Wilson (Riot Ensemble); and clarinettist Fernando Domínguez. 

My debut electroacoustic EP Palettes was released on New York based label Not Art Records, and Daily Rituals for amplified quartet and playback, performed by The Hermes Experiment was released on TNW Music’s ‘Live Vol. 1’. 

Daily Rituals (for amplified quartet and audio playback) [2019] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8yZmwV_mLc&ab_channel=MatthewGrouse

Left Right, Left Right (for practice pad, drum trigger, live electronics and video) [2020] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IauCUHBjtQM&ab_channel=RiotEnsemble


Matthew Grouse


1996, York UK



Hillerødgade 10, st. th
2200 København N


+45 53 88 90 57




Bachelor’s Degree (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – Glasgow), Master’s Degree (Det Jyske Musikkonservatorium- Aarhus)

Øvrige beskæftigelser:

Community music (including children’s choir leading and delivering music sessions for children and adults with additional support needs)

Private tuition in guitar, composition and music theory

Freelance score engraving and copying


2018 Scottish Awards for New Music (Dorico Award)

Profil oprettet:

4. november 2020


Lautrupsgade 9, 5.sal
DK 2100 København Ø

Telefon (45) 33 13 54 05


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