Biography

Matthew Sergeant (b.1984) is a composer whose music is currently exploring ideas surrounding identity and hybridity, space and place. His work is frequently performed internationally, throughout Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australasia. Matthew’s music has been commissioned and/or performed by internationally acclaimed ensembles including, the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the BBC Singers, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Divertimento Ensemble (Italy), ELISION (Australia), ensemble 10/10, ensemble plus-minus, EXAUDI and the Nieuw Ensemble (Netherlands) as well numerous ongoing creative partnerships with a number of emerging and established soloists, including Tom Bayman (cello), Daryl Buckley (electric guitars), Joshua Hyde (saxes), Emma Lloyd (violins), Melinda Maxwell (oboe) and Tristam Williams (trumpets). Matthew’s work has featured at major international festivals, including the BMIC Cutting Edge Series (London, UK), Festival Musica (Strasbourg, France, HCMF (Huddersfield, UK) and Sydney International Festival. His music is regularly broadcast on international radio, including BBC Radio 3 and ABC Classical (Australia). Matthew studied composition at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester before reading for an AHRC funded PhD at the University of Huddersfield, where he was supervised by Bryn Harrison and Liza Lim. His graduating thesis The Churches of Lalibela: Erosion and encrustation as transformative musical process was awarded a vice-chancellor’s prize for outstanding research. Having previously lectured at the RNCM, Matthew is currently the manager of CeReNeM - the Centre for Research in New Music - at the University of Huddersfield, where he also teaches composition and orchestration. Matthew is based in Manchester, UK.

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