Matthew Whiteside is a composer based in Glasgow nominated as ‘One to Watch’ in the Herald’s Culture Awards 2016. He writes music for concert, film and collaborative installations while often-using live electronics. Whiteside has been commissioned by Scottish Opera to write Little Black Lies, a new short opera with words by Helene Grøn, for 2018 and he is currently working with filmmaker/chorographer Marisa Zanotti developing a new installation piece with Magnetic North.
He has received international performances including Dublin’s National Concert Hall, Glasgow City Halls, Salem Artworks in New York and the Belfast International Festival at Queen’s and has been commissioned by 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.
Whiteside 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 also programmes and produces The Night With… putting interesting music into informal spaces.
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- Full works list
- Always Ever Unknowable (2016) – vocal trio, choir, trombone quartet
- Dichroic Light (2011)– cello and electronics
- Exhibition Music (2015) – violin, viola, cello, 2x bass clarinet
- Laya (2010)– soprano saxophone, piano, viola, cello
- Quartet for Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass (2013)
- Quartet No. 1 (2009) – string quartet
- Quartet No. 3 (2011) – string quartet and electornics
- Repercussive (2017) – Symphony Orchestra
- String Quintet (2015)
- Solo for Viola D’amore and Electronics (2015)
- The World in an Oyster, An Oyster in the World (2011) – Piano trio
- Three Pieces for Bass Clarinet and Electronics (2014)
- Ulation (2012) – viola and electronics
- Well, Well, Well (2013) – alto flute, viola and double bass
- Wondering, Wavering, Willing (2010) – violin and guitar
Always Ever Unknowable - vocal trio, choir, trombone quartet
Repercussive - Symphony Orchestra
Quartet for Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass
Exhibition Music - violin, viola, cello, 2x bass clarinet
Ulation - viola and electronics
Well, Well, Well - alto flute, viola and double bass
Dichroic Light - cello and electronics
Three Pieces for Bass Clarinet and Electronics
Solo for Viola D'amore and Electronics
Wondering, Wavering, Willing - violin and guitar
Quartet No. 1 - string quartet
Quartet No. 3 - string quartet and electronics
The World in an Oyster, An Oyster in the World - piano trio
Laya - soprano sax, piano, viola, cello