Ewan Mackay

My name is Ewan Mackay.
I am a composer, speaker and mentor.

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A recent Master’s graduate from the University of the Highlands and Islands, I predominantly compose contemporary classical music. Living on the North-east coast of Scotland, my music is deeply inspired by the landscape and space, place and culture. As an independent artist, my work is varied and is based around 3 main areas. As a composer, I write work for soloists, ensembles and orchestras. Building lasting partnerships is at the heart of what I do. Exploring music and being creative is one of the most rewarding things you can do, but to me, enabling that exploration to flourish is even better. As a creative mentor, I work with curious minds of all ages and abilities, exploring theory, composition and artistic creativity, all while trying to remain true to myself and my belief that music is an activity for all. As a public speaker in growing demand, I share my own personal life story – from my struggles, to my outlook on life and my passion for music, in the hopes of inspiring those who hear my story. Working in diverse areas allows me to express my creativity, while hopefully inspiring those who come into contact with my work – regardless of their own interests.


View my portfolio of solo, ensemble and orchestra work. You can download recordings and scores for free.


Through my blog, I aim to give insights on my work and the arts. I also provide free resources for composers.

Creative Mentoring Sessions

I provide mentoring for younger composers providing compositional and creative advice free of charge.

Creating 'Something From Nothing'. It isn't that hard, find out for yourself.

In 2019, my work took an exciting new turn, when I presented my educational performance piece Something From Nothing at the Barbican Centre in London. This piece used audience participation to create a piece of music, and in so doing proves that composition is an activity for everyone, regardless of their artistic abilities.

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