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User Name matthewrowan
Member Status  Full Member
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Date of birth 21/02/1979
Region United Kingdom  
Interests Contemporary orchestral / chamber composition
Profile Dr. Matthew Rowan (1979, Northern Ireland) studied composition with Brian Irvine and Greg Caffrey at South Eastern Regional College on the National Diploma in Popular Music course. He then moved to Newcastle upon Tyne and enrolled at Newcastle College where he completed a Higher National Diploma in Music Production with the guidance of Martin McAloon (Prefab Sprout). The natural progression on to the BMus in Popular and Contemporary Music at Newcastle University placed him under the supervision of composers Agustín Fernández and Bennett Hogg who mentored him through a Master’s degree, and then a PhD in Contemporary Composition (2009) which was examined by David Clarke and Peter Wiegold. In addition to receiving an AHRC-funded commission for the Northumbrian Exchanges project, and submitting winning entries to the John Armitage Memorial call for music, the Red Note Ensemble ‘Noisy Nights’ call for scores and the Kate Halsall ‘Maché’ call for scores, Matthew’s works have been performed throughout the UK and Europe, most notably by: duoDorT*, Duo HATO*, Christoph Jäggin*, Katabatic Winds*, William Lane, Loré Lixenberg, Momenta Quartet, Mr. McFall’s Chamber, Northern Early Music Collective*, Onyx Brass, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Jackie Shave and Taylor Wilson. DuoDorT, Mr. McFall’s Chamber and Northern Early Music Collective have recorded his works for commercial release. Matthew collaborated with award-winning novelist Andrew Crumey resulting in a composition for voice (mezzo-soprano), piano and string quintet, and he also collaborated with musicologist Paul Attinello* on a composition for voice (baritone) and piano trio, based on a selection of Attinello’s poetry (* denotes commission for composition). To complement his work as a composer, Matthew teaches composition at Newcastle University and was music studies editor for the inaugural issue of online journal e-pisteme. Matthew is represented by the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland. For further information, please visit his official website: