Biography

Matthew Whiteside is a composer, collaborator and sound designer based in Glasgow winner of ‘One to Watch’ in the Herald’s Culture Awards 2017. He writes music for concert, film and collaborative installations while often-using live electronics within his work. Whiteside has been commissioned by Scottish Opera Connect to write a new short opera for 2018, the Institute of Physics to write a new string quartet for the 2018 NI Science festival and he is currently working with filmmaker/chorographer Marisa Zanotti developing a new installation piece with Magnetic North.

He has received international performances including the RTÉ NSO in Dublin’s National Concert Hall, Glasgow City Halls, Salem Artworks in New York and the Belfast International Festival at Queen’s and has received commissions from  Cottiers Chamber Project and Lorimer Productions for Cappella Nova and 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. The album was the subject of two episodes of exploration on CyBC, Cyprus, as well as broadcasts on BBC 3, BBC 6 Music, Lyric FM, Ireland, Radio Horizon, South Africa, and WFMT, USA among others.

He composed the music for The End of the Game, Michael Palin’s Quest for Artemisia, broadcast on BBC 4 during Christmas 2015, and has scored two feature films (Anna Unbound and The Loudest Sound).

Matthew is a member of the Contemporary Music Centre in Dublin, where all his music is housed, and programmes and produces The Night With…

(Updated Sept 2017)