Award for Matthew Whiteside

Glasgow-based Irish Composer Matthew Whiteside has been given a Quality Production Award from Creative Scotland. The award is to write a new piece for viola d’amore and live electronics, record an album of his music and premiere the new work.

The new piece will be developed through an extended period of collaboration with Emma Lloyd, the Edinburgh based multi-string instrumentalist, and performed in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin around April 2015.

‘I am really excited to receive this award from Creative Scotland’, says Matthew Whiteside. ‘It will give me a chance to develop my work as a composer working with electronics and create an album of my music. Emma and I have worked together on a number of occasions performing my piece Ulation for viola and live electronics and it’s amazing to be able to write a new piece for her.

With the new piece I’m planning to use a motion sensor to enable Emma to control the electronics. I’m really interested in trying to create electronics that, once set up, the performer can control themselves so this collaboration gives me the chance to explore that desire even further.’

Emma performing Ulation at 2013 Sonorities in Belfast

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