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Composer: Hindson, Matthew (b. 1968)

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Year of birth1968
Period20th century
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Matthew Hindson (b. Wollongong, Australia, 1968) studied composition at the Universities of Sydney and Melbourne with composers including Peter Sculthorpe, Eric Gross, Brenton Broadstock and Ross Edwards.

Hindson’s works have been performed by ensembles and orchestras throughout his native Australia, and overseas, his compositions have been presented throughout Europe, North America, and the Far East.

His music often displays influences of popular music styles within a classical music context, and, as a result, musical elements such as driving repeated rhythms and loud dynamic levels are typically found in his works. Indeed, directness and immediacy are common features in the much of his music.

In 1999 he was attached composer to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for whom he wrote Boom-Box and In Memoriam: Amplified Cello Concerto (the latter was subsequently nominated for an APRA-AMC award for Best Orchestral Work of 2001). He was also attached composer with the Sydney Youth Orchestra in the same year, for whom he wrote a violin concerto, recently released by Canadian soloist Lara St John, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2002 he was the featured composer with Musica Viva Australia for whom he wrote a number of commissions for Kristjan Järvi's Absolute Ensemble, baroque violinist Andrew Manze, the Australian Virtuosi, Diana Doherty and the Belcea String Quartet, and Duo Sol.

Hindson’s music is a natural for dance. In May 2002, the Sydney Dance Company toured Australia to much acclaim with a new 90-minute production, Ellipse, choreographed by their Artistic Director, Graeme Murphy, and danced entirely to Hindson’s music. Playing to packed houses it broke box-office records for the SDC who then toured it to the USA in 2004. In addition, his music was set to a full-evening dance presentation by Ballett Schindowski in Germany, in 2004, whilst the San Francisco Ballet danced to two of his string orchestra works in 2007.

In 2003, Hindson was a featured composer at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival (UK), during which fourteen of his works were performed. He was attached composer to The Queensland Orchestra in 2003-4, one result of which was his Percussion Concerto, written for Dame Evelyn Glennie.

Other recent compositions include a flute concerto, House Music, for Canadian flautist, Marina Piccinini, premiered by the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2006; a work for didjeridu and orchestra, Kalkadungu, co-written with Australian virtuoso William Barton and commissioned by the Sydney SO, and Dangerous Creatures, an orchestral work commissioned for the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s family concerts in March 2009. E=mc2, a commissioned ballet for the Birmingham Royal Ballet and David Bintley is to be toured throughout the UK in Autumn 2009. Hindson’s music is published by Faber Music Ltd (UK).

Hindson also lectures at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and is Artistic Director of the Aurora Festival, a new biennial festival of contemporary music based in Western Sydney. In the 2007 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Hindson was also awarded an AM (a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia), “for service to the arts as a leading Australian composer and teacher of music, and through the wide promotion of musical works to new audiences.”

For more information visit www.fabermusic.com or www.hindson.com.au