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Matthew Laing : Associate Artist

Photo of Matthew Laing

Photo: Sharon Gertner

Artist website: http://mattlaing.com

Matt has a varied career as a freelance composer and viola player currently based in Melbourne.

His music,"thought provoking and unusually beautiful", is fundamentally driven by an interest in story telling through sound, typically around themes of social connection and environment.

Matt has been writing music since he started university, sketching ideas whilst training to be a viola player, completing a Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Commerce.

Following a successful participation in the Flinders Quartet's 2017 composer workshop, his first big commission Out of Hibernation was premiered by the Quartet in 2019 through which he was awarded an Ian Potter Cultural Trust grant to work on the quartet with mentoring from Brett Dean in London and Berlin.

Having participated in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's 2020 Young Composer program, he was subsequently selected as the Orchestra's Young Composer in Residence for 2021.

Matt's been a professional freelance viola player since 2012, playing regularly with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria, and as a core member of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. He has also performed in the Australian Octet, and Melbourne-based ensembles Quartz, Rubiks and Arcko.

Festival engagements as a performer have included the Perth and Melbourne International Arts Festivals, the Bermagui Four Winds Festival, the Australian String Quartet's Dunkeld festival.‚Äč

Matthew Laing — current to July 2020

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Out of Hibernation : string quartet (2019) Commissioned by Flinders Quartet.
Portrait of Blood (mezzo-soprano with string quartet) (2019) Commissioned by Affinity Collective, Charlotte Betts-Dean.
If they knew : orchestra (2019) Commissioned as part of the Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers Program.
Shapes : string quartet (2017) Written for the Flinders Quartet Composer Workshop 2017.