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Dr Matthew Page Shlomowitz BMus, MMus, Doctorate of Musical Arts

Associate Professor of Composition, Head of Research (Music department), Doctoral Programme Director (Music department)

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Music for Cohabiters

Dr Matthew Shlomowitz is an Associate Professor of Composition in Music at the University of Southampton and is currently Head of Research and Doctoral Programme Director for the department.

Since the start of the COVID-19 lockdown, I’ve been writing bespoke pieces for cohabiters, often featuring unusual combinations of instruments and ability levels.

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 in 2012. I co-direct the new music ensemble Plus Minus.

I have recently had two new pieces receive their first performances: "Glücklich Glücklich Freude Freude", for keyboards and orchestra, was premiered by German Radio Symphony Orchestra at the 2019 Donaueschinger Musiktage; and "Graveyard Slot”was premiered by Ensemble Nikel at the 2019 Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik in Austria.

As winner of the Johann-Joseph-Fux opera composition prize, I composed a 70-minute opera titled "Electric Dreams", which was performed three times in the 2017 Musikprotokoll Festival in Graz, Austria. It was due to receive its second production in Geneva in April 2020 (a co-production between Grand Théâtre de Genève, Contrechamps and Theatre Am Stam Gram), which has been postponed due the COVID-19 lockdown.

A CD of my work performed by the Norwegian ensemble asamisimasa was released in 2018 on the All that Dust label. I have articles about issues relating to New Music, including “Where are we now?”, which was published in the UK journal Tempo in 2018, and “The Automaton Approach”, which was published in the German journal MusikTexte in 2016. In the past decade I have 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, including Lecture About Bad Music.

From March 2020, at the start of the COVID-19 lockdown, I began on a new project, Music for Cohabiters, writing bespoke pieces for households, often featuring unusual combinations of instruments and ability levels.

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Previous appointments

Research interests

Music composition and performance pieces; composition for cohabiters and social distancers.

PhD supervision

NAME: James Oldham
TITLE: “Towards a terminology for the practice of comic timing in contemporary composition: A practical engagement with humour in music across borders of genre and performance context”
FUNDING: SWW Doctoral Training Award

NAME: Uri Agnon
TITLE: Composing and political activism.
FUNDING: UoS Presidential Award

NAME: Peter Falconer
TITLE: What Happened to Seaton Snook?

NAME: Jamie Howell
TITLE: Groove, repetition, digital aesthetics, improvisation, and open score composition.
FUNDING: UoS Presidential Award

NAME: Harry Matthews
TITLE: Composing for instruments and field recordings
FUNDING: SWW Doctoral Training Award

NAME: Olliver Sellwood
TITLE: The act of composition as the construction and subsequent exploration of delimited musical situations.

NAME: Cameron Graham
TITLE: Liminality, the In-between and Staging the Creative Process
FUNDING: SWW Doctoral Training Award

Research group

Composition and Music Technology

Co-Head of Research, Music

Co-Doctoral Programme Director, Music

Outside the university, I co-direct Ensemble Plus Minus, a group specialising in experimental music performance

I have been an assessor for the Australian Research Council assessor since 2015. I have been a Selection panellist or Jury member for: Sound and Music Computing Conference (2016), ISCM Flanders (2015) 2014 Spor Composition Competition (Denmark), 2014 International Computer Music Conference and 2014 New Interfaces for Musical Expression conference.

I taught composition at the 2018 Hatched Academy, (Australia) and 2017 Tzlil Meudcan Summer Course (Israel).

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Creative Media and Artefacts

At undergraduate level, I teach 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 also teach Teddy Boys to Drag Queens - Music and subculture, a Humanities module that looks at popular music in relation to youth and protest culture. At postgraduate level I supervise masters and PhD composition students. 

Dr Matthew Page Shlomowitz
Music Building 2, Highfield Campus, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ
Email: M.Shlomowitz@southampton.ac.uk

Room Number: 2/2015


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