Matthew Rowan (1979, Northern Ireland) holds a PhD in Contemporary Composition, having studied music at South Eastern Regional College (ND), Newcastle College (HND) and Newcastle University (BMus, MMus, PhD). Matthew received an AHRC-funded commission for the Northumbrian Exchanges project, and submitted winning entries to the John Armitage Memorial, the Red Note Ensemble, the Kate Halsall Maché and the 2nd Peter Rosser Composition Award competitions. His compositions have received performances in the UK, Europe and the USA, most notably by: duoDorT, Mak Grgić, Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble, Christoph Jäggin, Katabatic Winds, William Lane, Loré Lixenberg, Momenta Quartet, Mr. McFall's Chamber, Northern Early Music Collective, Onyx Brass, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Jackie Shave and Taylor Wilson. Moreover, Kate Halsall, Mr. McFall's Chamber and Northern Early Music Collective have recorded his works for commercial release. To complement his work as a composer, he has been teaching composition for over ten years at The International Centre for Music Studies (Newcastle University) and was music studies editor for the inaugural issue of online journal E-pisteme.