Matthew Sear

"Sear has the measure of the music, a fine composer, with a chameleon like talent". (Fanfare Magazine 2013)

Matthew Sear M.M., L.R.S.M., F.L.C.M. (b. 1975), is a London born musician, noted for compositions and performances that borrow from a variety of musical styles. Over the last several years, his pieces have drawn from an array of topics, ranging from 20th century North American life, to St Paul's conversion, on The Road To Damascus.

He gave his London debut, (as both performer and composer) in 2006, at St Paul's Church, Covent Garden and has since performed as a guitarist/composer at venues including; St John Smith’s Square, St James’ Piccadily, Hertford College (University of Oxford) and at St Martin In The Field's 'Series For Young Composers', where he premiered his suite for guitar, 'Portraits Of North America'.

Since 2010, Matthew's compositions as well as receiving performances in concert venues across the U.K, North America and Spain; have additionally been performed at festivals including The Edinburgh, Toronto, Brighton and Adelaide fringe festivals.

“...The America Suite contained both the bustling New York Metropolis and hints of Southern Bluegrass...exhilarating!” Edinburgh Fringe Review (Melinda Hughes, Broadwaybaby.Com).

Matthew lives in SE London, with his wife Suzanne and their King Charles Spaniel Ellie. Interests outside of composition include; premiere league football, Autism, film, psychology and the search for extra terrestrial intelligence. He is a proud performer for the charity 'Music In Hospitals and Care.

Education

Matthew began private classical guitar and piano lessons, aged 13 and 14, while also teaching himself composition and the electric guitar. He studied classical guitar and piano, as an undergraduate at The Guildhall School Of Music and subsequently, under the supervision of composer and guitarist Dr Martin Vishnick, gaining Licentiates in classical guitar performance from both the London College and Royal Schools of Music.

As a post graduate, Matthew studied orchestration under Bazz Elmes, guitar and composition under Dr Stephen Goss (on The University Of Surrey’s Masters degree programme) and subsequently, privately under professor Carlos Bonell, gaining a Fellowship with the London College Of Music in classical guitar performance.

Following the death of his mother in 2014, Matthew developed a fascination with sacred music; studying the organ for two years at St Giles In The Field, London, under music director Johnathan Bunney. In 2016, after the U.K referendum result, Matthew composed his first piece informed by social media conflict ‘The System Has Crashed’ for pipe organ - a piece written to reflect the social media backlash of each opposing side. Matthew has since composed a body of new works that draw upon his own research, into putting altercations into original music.

Matthew is currently a composition research student under the supervision of Dr Dominic Murcott (Head of Composition, Trinity Laban Conservatoire), developing a new body of work for solo instruments and small ensembles.

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