Matthew Elderton-Lewis (b. 2001, Essex, United Kingdom) begun at the piano aged 6 but his love for composition ignited towards the end of secondary school and since then, it has showed no signs of stopping. With his style being described as both idiosyncratic and memorably melodic, he has enjoyed workshops and performances of his concert works by Ligeti Quartet, Phacelia Ensemble, Riot Ensemble, Chroma Ensemble, Belle Quartet and the collegiate Royal Holloway Chapel Choir. As well as writing concert music, Matthew is also multimedia composer and has written music for several adverts, trailers and student films. Alongside his compositional output, he is a qualified conductor who has led ensembles from London College of Music and Royal Holloway in both rehearsals and subsequent performances for a variety of performative projects.
In 2022, Matthew was accepted into Royal Holloway, University of London and was awarded the Headley Trust Scholarship where he is completing his studies for a Master of Music. As well as receiving valuable tuition from composers such as Christian Mason, Nathan James Dearden and Samantha Fernando, he was appointed as a composer-in-residence for the Royal Holloway Picture Gallery where he received the opportunity to write for Rupert Gough and the globally recognised Royal Holloway Chapel Choir. Matthew also collaborated with esteemed flautist Carla Rees resulting in his composition, Birdsong in Isolation for the PLAY! Festival. In 2019, he was accepted into the London College of Music, University of West London where he completed his studies (with first class honours) for a Bachelor of Music Composition. Training under the close compositional tuition of composers such as Francis Pott, Simone Spagnolo, and David Osbon, he composed for several LCM Composition Festivals and orchestrated/arranged for the LCM Big Band.
During his time at LCM, Matthew also completed a (LLCM) Licentiate Conducting Diploma after studying with Dwight Pile-Gray. As a result, Matthew has seen received opportunities to conduct at Studio One of the prestigious Abbey Road Studios and frequently conducting his own compositions with the LCM Camerata. Most recently, he was appointed as conductor for the Everest 1922: Audiovisual Perspectives conference where his involvement saw him conduct recently rediscovered music composed by an explorer upon their return from the first filmed expedition to Mt Everest.