Matthew Grouse, 21, just finished his third year at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, studying composition under the tutelage of David Fennessy and electro/acoustic composition with Dr Alistair Macdonald. His work regularly combines media and is often concerned with human frailties and the everyday. Another large source of inspiration comes from a love of film.
Matthew has made work for a range of media including sound for moving image and film, theatre, dance and installation. His concert music has been performed or workshopped by artists including: Hebrides Ensemble; Red Note Ensemble; The Assembly Project; Gildas Quartet; MusicLab; Makaris Quartet; Dohnányi String Trio; Ramelli/Salvoni/Wilson Guitar Trio; RCS Big Band; The Composer's Collective; Sinae Lee (pianist); Lewis Banks(saxophonist) and Charlotte Heslop (mezzo).
Matthew was awarded the 2017 Kimie Composition Prize which resulted in a commission from Live Music Now, supported by the Kimie Trust. In 2016, Matthew was the winner of the Walter and Dinah Wolfe Memorial Award, adjudicated by Sir James Macmillan. Matthew was generously financially supported by a Dewar Arts Award, which made his enrolment onto the 2017 St Magnus Festival Composer's Course possible. Matthew has also accrued various academic awards whilst at the Conservatoire, including the Sibelius Essay Prize and the Euing Prize for History, Analysis and Form.