Matthew Lomax is a Sunderland-born contemporary classical and electroacoustic composer based in London.
Recently graduated from a Master’s degree at the Royal College of Music as a Clifton Parker Scholar, his music responds to states of disconnect and separation; exploring the boundaries between noise & silence, density & space, motion & stillness.
Collaboration plays a key role in Matthew's work, working with dancers, spoken words artists, photographers, painters and video artists on a wide variety of solo, chamber and orchestral pieces. Recent projects include the electroacoustic ballet 'Non-place', working with the Central School of Ballet, The Cat's Cradle Ensemble and fellow composer Connor D'Netto; as well as 'Drowning in the Din...' for Bass Clarinet, Bass Guitar and Electronics, a response to John Constable's art work which was premiered at the Royal Academy of Art's 'RA collection' concert.
During his initial studies in composition close to home at the Sage Gateshead’s Centre for Advanced Training, and through the exploration of computer-based composition at the University of Manchester, Matthew developed a musical language that incorporates the physicality and sonic qualities of natural phenomena, visual arts, and architecture to create a tactile and dramatic musical experience. This can be seen in his recent piece 'Insectivorous' for chamber orchestra, commissioned by conductor Vicente Chavarría; a three movement which traces the life cycle of carnivorous plants: Acid Snap, Tissue Cage, Wilt. Similarly in 'Ecdysis' for Viola and Guitar which was inspired by the process of snakes shedding skin as a form of change and renewal, premiered in this year's Contemporary Music in Action concert series.
Future projects include a commission with No Dice Collective and spoken word poet George Miaris in response to archive materials from the Anthony Burgess Foundation; and an audio-visual museum installation exploring the boundaries between modern and historic performance practice.