Matt Laing Awarded the
2024 Continuo Commission

The work will be “…a companion piece to my string quartet, “Shapes”. It’ll be a piece with short-ish movements that explore textures inspired by the central theme of “streams”; of thought, of light, of water, of smoke, of electricity.

by Matt Laing, 2024 Continuo Composer on 17 May, 2024


Picture: Courtesy of Matt Laing

Please join us in congratulating Matt Laing and Australian Wind Quintet on being awarded the Continuo Commissioning Circle’s 2024 commission.

Composer and violist Matt Laing has been described as “one of the most exciting young composers…” and by the Sydney Arts Guide as “obviously an intelligent, effective composer…(displaying) the ability to create simple, simply beautiful and fresh ways… to touch us

His new work, entitled “Streams”, for the Australian Wind Quintet will act as companion piece to his string quartet “Shapes”, which was premiered by the well-loved Flinders Quartet in 2017.

“It’ll be a piece with short-ish movements that explore textures inspired by the central theme of “streams”; of thought, of light, of water, of smoke, of electricity.”

The Continuo Board and its Directors would like to thank all the other applicants for your outstanding submissions. We recognise the passion and creativity that went into your submissions and encourage you to reapply for future rounds.

Finally, we extend our gratitude to this year’s Selection Panel for their kind and thoughtful consideration of each candidate. Thank you to Paul Dean, Eliza Shephard & Sam Torrens for their time and expertise in making this difficult decision.

Matt Laing – “Shapes” | Flinders Quartet’s 2017 Composer Development Program

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Matt Laing (1988-) is an Australian composer and viola player who writes orchestral music, works for dance, solo and chamber music. He studied viola and economics at the University of Melbourne, and studied viola at the Australian National Academy of Music.

He’s received commissions from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, the Australian String Quartet, Affinity Quartet, the Australian National Academy of Music and Musica Viva Australia, amongst many others. 

He has been in residence at the Bermagui Four Winds Festival, All that we are in Hobart, awarded the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composer House Trust residency in the Barossa Valley in 2021, and was 2021 Young Composer in Residence with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. His work has been performed in Australia and the UK, and was featured at the International Double Reed Society Conference in 2023.

As a collaborator, he has worked with choreographer Lilian Steiner and trumpet player Callum G’Froerer, and as a performer has freelanced as a viola player since graduating from the Australian National Academy of Music in 2013. His composition mentors have included Brett Dean and Elliot Gyger.