EWAN MACKAY

COMPOSER·SPEAKER·EDUCATOR

ewan

MACKAY

In a few words

I am an Aberdeen-based Composer, Speaker and Educator, born in Aberdeen in 1995, 3 months premature. As a result of my birth, I was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at 2 years old. I am a composer living in Cruden Bay. I studied my Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at the University of the Highlands and Islands – studying composition with Mark Sheridan. In March 2019, I was presented at the Barbican Centre as part of Drake Music’s, Emergent Composer Scheme and the Barbican’s Access Day. This commission saw me take an innovative new direction with my work. ‘Something From Nothing’ – for electronics and audience, allows the audience to become part of the piece, through chance decisions over a pre-existing texture to create – in theory, a new version of the piece with every performance, demonstrating the fact that composition does not need to be an activity for a select few trained individuals. My music has been played by performers such as the Red Note Ensemble, the Hebrides Ensemble and Jillian Hunter. My work is inspired by landscape, and is influenced by my own modern interpretation of Impressionism, while taking inspiration from the space, place and culture of the North East of Scotland, to create an inspired, yet original soundworld. Find out more about my work by clicking below.

What i do

COMPOSER

My compositional work takes inspiration from composers such as James, MacMillan, Toru Takemitsu and Anne Boyd, among others.

speaker

As a public speaker, I share my own personal story and my love for music in an inspirational way to a diverse range of groups and organisations.

EDUCATOR

As an educator I have experience in instrumental tuition, I drawing on the education I have received from my own mentors throughout my career.

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About Me

A composer writing orchestral, ensemble and solo work, I take inspiration from composers such as Sir James MacMillan, Toru Takemitsu and Anne Boyd. 

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