Matt 'Gio' Giannotti

Composer, Audio Engineer, Academic

Red Note Ensemble - New Music Makers project
Matt in group session at Scottish Highschool

In addition to higher education, Matt has experience in designing and delivering music workshops to middle and high schools.

Matt was the workshop leader of the above project (New Music Makers) which won a Scottish New Music award for the Best Education Project of the Year 2017. New Music Makers supports the development of young composers in schools across Scotland. Designed to inspire and assist composing, the project demonstrates how a professional ensemble working in partnership with a school can create a genuine practical legacy, enabling the school to take the work forward independently.

Ali Preston (of Woodfarm High School, Scotland) “I just wanted to thank you and the team so much for the delivery of the composing project over the last month at Woodfarm. The pupils have benefited so much from working with Matt and the musicians. Each one of the team had a fantastic approach towards the young people and really encouraged and motivated them in their compositions. Speaking on behalf of the staff, we all have learnt so much which we are already carrying forwards as we work with younger pupils in the classes too.”

Annon (student at Barrhead High School) “I really enjoyed taking part with Red Note. And although frustrating at times it was quite fun composing my own music. Interesting. Inspiring. Proud of my piece.”

SCO Vibe group photo

Matt was also heavily involved with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra's project VIBE, working as project leader. He was the point man of the project during the 2013-2014 season, where he organized all of the workshops, set up concerts, and liaised with at risk schools to help their students attend our workshops. Targeted at schools in deprived areas of Edinburgh, SCO VIBE is a non-auditioned fusion orchestra which encourages young people to work collaboratively to create and perform their own music. Fundamental to VIBE - we hope to develop interpersonal and leadership skills while making new music and trying out the pupil's ideas. Perhaps the most special thing about VIBE is the inclusivity - open to all students aged 13-18, including those with disabilities - these young people have the chance to work side-by-side with professional orchestral musicians in both an intimate and large ensemble setting to develop their skills and have fun.