Matthew Whiteside is a composer, collaborator, orchestrator and sound designer based in Glasgow. He writes music for concert, film and collaborative installations often-using live electronics within his work and is currently working with flutist Carla Rees to write a new piece for contra-bass flute and electronics to tour at the end of 2016.

His music has been performed across the world including Dublin’s National Concert Hall, Glasgow City Halls, Salem Artworks in New York and the Belfast International Festival at Queen’s. In 2015 he was co-commissioned by sound festival and R-Space gallery to collaborate with Dominika Mayovich to create an interactive sound/art installation.

Matthew’s recent work Solo for Viola D’amore and Live Electronics, recorded by Emma Lloyd. was described as having the overall effect of ‘one of meditation – a Japanese stone garden whose raked ripples have been brought into sound’ by Musicweb International and features on his debut album Dichroic Light released in 2015 and supported by Creative Scotland.

He has composed the music for a BBC 4 documentary on Artemisia Gentileschi presented by Michal Palin, to be broadcast Christmas 2015, and has scored two feature films (Anna Unbound and The Loudest Sound) and a short (Edward).

Matthew is also a founding member and director of Edit-Point, an ensemble dedicated to the performance of electroacoustic music, and has worked with the University of Highlands and Islands and Glasgow Life to design and deliver education workshops.



Awards and funding received

  • Francis Chagrin Award
  • Creative Scotland Quality Production Award
  • Honourable Mention in the International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition
  • RSAMD/RCS Trust to fund Master’s Degree
  • May Turtle scholarship to fund Master’s Degree
  • PRSF travel bursary
  • Sir Hamilton Harty travel bursary