ComposersMatt Laing

Collaborating on The ANAM Set with ANAM musician Lily Bryant ACT flute

Matt has been writing music since he started university, sketching ideas whilst training to be a viola player, and completing a Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Melbourne. 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, and will write three works for the orchestra. Matt is a recipient of a 2021 Prelude Residency at Collingrove Homestead in Angaston, with thanks to the South Australian National Trust and the Peggy Glanville-Hicks House Trust. Matt’s first work premiered overseas, Portrait of Blood, was performed in London on a tour by Affinity Quartet and Lotte Betts-Dean in February 2020.

Further compositional engagements for 2021 include works for the Australian String Quartet, ANAM, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Ossicle Duo, Melbourne Chamber Players and Katie Yap.

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