Matthew Grouse, 21, is in his final year at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, studying composition under the tutelage of David Fennessy and Electro/Acoustic composition with Dr Alistair MacDonald. Matthew previously studied Jazz guitar with Kevin Mackenzie.
His work regularly combines media and is often concerned with human frailties and finding the remarkable in the seemingly ordinary aspects of everyday life. Another large source of inspiration comes from a variety of artistic disciplines, especially 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: Royal Northern Sinfonia; Hebrides Ensemble; Red Note Ensemble; The Assembly Project; DeCoda Ensemble; 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).
2017 ended with Matthew being selected by Yaron Deutsch to take part in the 2018 Darmstadt summer courses and to write a new etude for electric guitar as part of a series of 12 commissioned short works which will be performed in the festival, including music by the likes of Rebecca Sauders, Pierluigi Billone and Chaya Czernowin. A 3 track EP of Matthew's electroacoustic work was recently selected for official release on the New York based label, Not Art Records. This will be available in 2018.
Matthew was awarded the 2017 Kimie Composition Prize which resulted in a commission of a new string trio for inclusive audiences by Live Music Now, supported by the Kimie Trust. In 2016, his work 'Mortise' for clarinet, cello and piano was the winner of the Walter and Dinah Wolfe Memorial Award, adjudicated by Sir James Macmillan. A Dewar Arts Award generously supported Matthew in 2017, which made his enrolment onto the St Magnus Festival Composer's Course possible, where he wrote works for The Assembly Project and Gildas Quartet.
His music has been showcased across the UK and internationally, in Germany, Italy, Egypt, USA, Canada and Ireland. His work has been heard at: The Cumnock Tryst Festival; St Magnus International Festival; Cottier Chamber Project; Leeds Lieder Festival; PLUG Festival; St Andrews New Music Festival; EviMus Festival (Germany); Sound / Image Colloquium; El Gouna Film Festival (Egypt); Hamilton Film Festival (Canada); Festival ContaminAzioni (Rome); Kerry Film Festival (Ireland); INTER (an experimental electro/acoustic night based in Glasgow). His music has been performed at venues such as Newcastle's Sage Gateshead, Edinburgh's Usher Hall and St Magnus Cathedral. A collection of Matthew's electro/acoustic works were also selected for broadcast by Radiophrenia Glasgow during November, 2017.