EWAN MACKAY

COMPOSER·SPEAKER·EDUCATOR

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I was born in Aberdeen in 1995, 3 months premature. As a result, 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 (UHI) – majoring in composition principally 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 work with every performance, demonstrating the fact that composition does not need to be an activity for a select few trained individuals.

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