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Dr Matthew Shlomowitz 

Associate Professor of Composition and Doctoral Programme Director & PGR Admissions Tutor in Music

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Dr Matthew Shlomowitz is an Associate Professor of Composition in Music at the University of Southampton and Doctoral Programme Director for the 2019-2020 academic year.

This year I'll teach on two undergraduate composition modules that explore different ways of thinking about writing music. We look at music that is tonal and atonal, experimental and traditional, pop and avant-garde. The ideas and techniques we cover are intended as creative springboards and students may compose in any style. I'll also teach Teddy Boys to Drag Queens - Music and subculture, which looks at popular music in relation to youth and protest culture. At postgraduate level I supervise masters and PhD composition students.  

I grew up in Australia before going to California to complete a doctorate at Stanford University. I taught part-time at the Royal College of Music and the University of Durham before coming to the University of Southampton. I co-direct the new music ensemble Plus Minus.

This season I have two news works that will receive their first performances: "Glücklich Glücklich Freude Freude", for keyboards and orchestra, which will be premiered by the Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra at the 2019 Donaueschinger Musiktage; and "Graveyard Slot (with guest appearance)" will be premiered by Ensemble Nikel at the 2019 Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik in Austria. My opera "Electric Dreams" will receive its second production in Geneva in April 2020, a co-production between Grand Théâtre de Genève, Contrechamps and Theatre Am Stam Gram. A CD of my work performed by the Norwegian ensemble asamisimasa was released in 2018 on the All that Dust label.

Research interests

I've developed three projects: Letter Pieces, open score pieces combining physical action and music; Popular Contexts, which combine recognisable recordings with instrumental music; and a series of lecture-pieces addressing aesthetic issues, such as Lecture About Bad Music. In 2011, dancer Shila Anaraki and I made A to Zzz, an hour long work for the Letter Piece Company. And in 2017 Shila and I collaborated with Aisha Orazbayeva on another hour long work, Lecture About Sad Music and Happy Dance.


Research group

Composition and Music Technology

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Book Chapter

Creative Media and Artefacts

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