Ewan Mackay

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

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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 an emerging 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 an educator and creative mentor, I work with curious minds of all ages and abilities both compositionally but also as an instrumental tutor. 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.

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.