Matthew Roddie was born in Glasgow in 1974. He studied composition at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with John Maxwell Geddes and then at the University of York with David roddie, receiving a DPhil in 2000.
He has written works for the Paragon Ensemble, the Edinburgh String Quartet, the Aberdeen International Youth Festival and the Newcastle-based Young Sinfonia. His Missa Brevis for choir and organ was commissioned for the Choir of St Michael and All Saints' Church with funds from the Scottish Arts Council and first performed during the 2001 Edinburgh International Festival. He has recently completed a piano trio commissioned for the Northern Aldborough Festival.
"...Arena, by Matthew Roddie, a startling talent of whom I've written before... showed a mature craftsmanship, especially in matters of length and structure. An atmospheric and rippling exercise in more or less continuous motion, Arena is a model of restraint and understatement whose flow and momentum were unbroken by the chattering interruptions of individual instruments..." The Glasgow Herald, 1996
"...But in Matthew Roddie's rambunctions, riotous pastiche of martial music, delivered with Ivesian elan, we saw one of tomorrow's real stars: a young lad with staggering technique, consummate style and an awesome inspiration..." Glasgow Herald, 1995
"[Light Source] ...a young modern composer's response to the never quite stated tune of Burns's Afton Water — they bestowed real feeling for the music's gradual progress from acerbic vigour to frail and finally touching inertia..." Glasgow Herald 1999