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