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Matthew Shlomowitz (b. Chicago, 1975) is a London based composer who was raised in Adelaide, Australia. In recent years he has written Glücklich, Glücklich, Freude, Freude for keyboardist Mark Knoop and the SWR Symphonieorchester (for 2019 Donaueschinger Musiktage), and Graveyard Slot (with guest appearance) for Ensemble Nikel. In 2017, his opera Electric Dreams was produced by Kunstuniversität Graz in cooperation with ORF Musikprotokoll, as winner of the Johann Joseph Fux Opera Composition. The Norwegian Ensemble asamasimasa released a CD of his works on the all that dust label.

Popular Contexts 2 performed by Mark Knoop at Ukho, Kyiv, Ukraine, September 2016.

Matthew has a number of compositional projects. Letter Pieces are open score works combining physical action and music. The pieces in his Popular Contexts series combine recognisable recordings with instrumental music. He has made a number of performance-lecture works addressing aesthetic issues, such as Lecture About Bad Music. In 2020 he started on a new series titled Explorations in Polytonality and other Musical Wonders; the first volume is a set of piano pieces for Mark Knoop (released on Bandcamp), and the second is for the Apsara recorder trio.

Matthew teaches at University of Southampton, co-directs the new music group Plus Minus, and runs a podcast called Soundmaking with Håkon Stene. He has taught on the Tzlil Meudcan Summer Course, Ensemble Offspring Hatched Academy and Luxembourg Composition Academy, and has written articles, such as "The Automaton Approach" (MusikTexte) and "Where Are We Now?" (Tempo).

Splinter Reeds performs Line and Length.