Matthew Hindson AM (b. 1968) is one of the most-performed and most-commissioned composers of his generation. His works have been performed by ensembles and orchestras throughout Australia and internationally. He has been the featured composer at national and international festivals, with orchestras and Musica Viva. Matthew’s music has been used for dance including by the Birmingham Royal Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Ballett Schindowski and the Sydney Dance Company. Matthew’s music often displays influences of popular music styles within a classical music context, and, as a result, directness and immediacy are common features in the much of his music. As well as working as a composer, Matthew is chair of the Composition and Music Technology Unit at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where is an associate professor. He has co-authored a book entitled Music Composition Toolbox, published by Science Press. From 2004-2010 Hindson was the artistic director of the award-winning Aurora Festival, a festival of contemporary music based in Western Sydney dedicated to the work of living composers. From 2010-2012, Matthew is the Guest Music Curator for the Campbelltown Arts Centre, and in 2012 is the Resident Composer of the Australian National Academy of Music. In 2006 Matthew was made a member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his contributions to music composition and music education. Matthew is the Chair of the Music Board of the Australia Council. Matthew Hindson, 2012.