Matthew Grouse (b.1996) regularly combines media in his music. His work is often concerned with human frailties and finding the remarkable in the seemingly ordinary or mundane aspects of everyday life. Through explorations and combinations of acoustic and electronic sound, he finds perpetually competing noise and stillness.
His music has been performed or workshopped by artists including: Royal Northern Sinfonia; Hebrides Ensemble; Red Note Ensemble; Nevis Ensemble; The Assembly Project; DeCoda Ensemble; Gildas Quartet; Yaron Deutsch (electric guitar), Rolf Hind and Andrew Zolinsky (piano duo); Sinae Lee (pianist) and Lewis Banks (saxophonist)
Recent activities include selection for Yaron Deutsch's Electric Guitar Etude Project and the Chamber Sessions Project at Darmstadt 2018 (participation generously supported by Help Musicians UK's Transmission Fund Award)
In 2018, Matthew was commissioned by the Nevis Ensemble to write a new orchestral piece for their inaugural tour of Scotland, which will take in 70 performances in public and community settings as part of Glasgow2018. A 3 track EP of Matthew's electroacoustic work was recently released on the New York based label, Not Art Records.
Matthew's 10 Seconds for mixed ensemble was awarded the Dorico Award for Small/Medium Scale Work sponsored by Steinberg at the 2018 Scottish Awards for New Music. Eye of the Storm, his audiovisual collaboration with Andy Sowerby was also shortlisted for the Holiday Inn Theatreland Award for New Electroacoustic/Sound Art Work. Other awards include the 2017 Kimie Composition Prize, which resulted in Live Music Now commissioning a new string trio for inclusive audiences, supported by the Kimie Trust; the 2016 Walter and Dinah Wolfe Memorial Award for his clarinet, cello and piano trio Mortise, adjudicated by Sir James MacMillan, and an honorary mention in the XI Destellos International Competition.
His music has been showcased across the UK and internationally, in Germany, Italy, Egypt, USA, Canada and Ireland. His work has been showcased at festivals such as: Darmstadt; The Cumnock Tryst; St Magnus International Festival; Occupy the Pianos (London); EviMus Festival (Germany); Sound / Image Colloquium, and performed at venues such as Newcastle's Sage Gateshead, Edinburgh's Usher Hall, London's St John's, Smith Square and St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall.
Matthew is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he studied composition with David Fennessy and electroacoustic composition with Dr Alistair MacDonald. Matthew also studied Jazz guitar with Kevin Mackenzie.