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I’m a composer and performer, originally from Yorkshire (UK), currently living in Copenhagen, and studying in Aarhus (DK). I often work at an intersection between music for instruments and voices; electronic sound; text; video; and performance. My work regularly engages with a re-contextualisation of everyday sounds, objects, and automatic, repetitive behaviours to reveal the latently musical in the banal.


My latest pieces have involved documentary techniques; self-reflexivity; audience participation; repetition; choreography; modified & prepared acoustic instruments acting as disfiguring filters for 19th century music; custom-built, tactile electronic instruments such as paintbrush synthesizers and mini-vibration motors; soundwaves visualised in fire; quotation; a virtual singer and choir singing YouTube comments; gamification; performance of awkward and mundane verbal interactions; unedited field recordings; and spatialised music for street orchestra performed on top of mountains, in train stations, in swimming pools, and in remote communities.


Recent commissions have come from SPOR Festival (for Duo Van Vliet); Riot Ensemble / Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (for percussionist Sam Wilson); The Night With… (for The Hermes Experiment); Hebrides Ensemble / Edinburgh Book Festival; The Cumnock Tryst (for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra); Cryptic Glasgow; Sasha Savaloni (guitarist) / Current Resonance; Tom Poulson (trumpeter of Stockholm Chamber Brass); Nevis Ensemble (street orchestra); and Live Music Now (for the Dohnányi String Trio).


In 2023, Silberblau for guitar and electronics was nominated / shortlisted for both an Ivor Novello Award and a Scottish Award for New Music. In 2018, 10 Seconds, written for 9 players and 4-channel audio was awarded the Dorico Award at The Scottish Awards for New Music. During the same year I was Composer-in-Residence with Scotland's Street Orchestra, Nevis Ensemble and was one of 12 composers involved with Yaron Deutsch’s Electric Guitar Etude Project at the Darmstädter Ferienkurse.


My music has been programmed at festivals such as: Darmstädter Ferienkurse (DE); Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK); Matera Intermedia (IT); St Magnus International Festival (UK); The Cumnock Tryst (UK); Occupy the Pianos (UK); Visiones Sonoras (MX); EviMus (DE); Sound-Image (UK), Leeds Lieder (UK) and at venues such as Newcastle's Sage Gateshead; Edinburgh's Usher Hall; London's Southbank Centre and St John's, Smith Square; Aarhus’ Musikhuset; and Mexico City's Ex Teresa Arte Actual.

I've had the opportunity to work on my music with artists and ensembles such as: SWR Symphony Orchestra; ensemble mosaik; Curious Chamber Players; percussionist Sam Wilson (Riot Ensemble); Hebrides Ensemble; Red Note Ensemble; The Hermes Experiment; Royal Northern Sinfonia; The Assembly Project; K!ART; Duo Dan/Nie; Ligeti Quartet; Gildas Quartet; Nevis Ensemble; pianists Rolf Hind and Andrew Zolinsky; guitarists Frederik Munk Larsen and Sasha Savaloni; bassoonist Ben Hudson (Psappha Ensemble); and clarinettist Fernando Domínguez. 

My debut electroacoustic EP Palettes was released on New York based label Not Art Records, and Daily Rituals for amplified quartet and playback, performed by The Hermes Experiment was released on TNW Music’s ‘Live Vol. 1’.

My music has been written about and reviewed in various publications including Positionen, The Guardian, TEMPO New Music Journal, and I CARE IF YOU LISTEN.


I graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2018, where I studied composition with David Fennessy and Dr. Linda Buckley, electroacoustic composition with Dr. Alistair MacDonald, and jazz guitar with Kevin Mackenzie. Having completed a Master's degree in 2021, I’m currently studying with Niels Rønsholdt, Juliana Hodkinson and Simon Steen-Andersen on the Soloist Programme (Advanced Post-graduate Diploma) at the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus (Det Jyske Musikkonservatorium). 

I am member of Aarhus-based composer-performer group Current Resonance, regularly contributing to meticulously curated intermedial events. As a performer, I have played music by artists such as Jessie Marino, Louis d'Heudieres, James Saunders, Joss Smith, Lil Lacy, Simon Løffler, Caitlin Rowley, Nina Fukuoka, John Zorn, Heather Frasche, Michael Hope, Mikołaj Laskowski and Monika Szpyrka, as well as regularly performing in my own work.

I am a board member of Aarhus Unge Tonekunstnere and Ung Nordisk Musik Danmark.


Photography by @jadefrancesphoto 

"Matthew Grouse's music is bursting with inner life and technical surplus. With a sharp analytical and perhaps satirical outlook, he introduces everyday technologies, google-searches read aloud and banal actions placed on an equal footing with traditional instruments, in works that manage to engage and retain the listener." - Dansk Komponist Forening NYE VEJE committee (translated from Danish)

"...contemporary music that recognised no boundaries whatsoever." - Keith Bruce, The Herald

"...The most striking (piece was) Matthew Grouse’s Left Right, Left Right, performed by percussionist Sam Wilson." - Andrew Clements, The Guardian

"...a quirky electro-acoustic melange of mundane ritual." - Ken Walton, The Scotsman

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