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 independently but also as a tutor in cello and composition at The Rhythm Box – a local music school in the North East. 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.


View my portfolio of work, while listening to and reading my scores.


Check out my free resources to help you build your own creative practice.

Creative Mentoring

I provide mentoring for younger composers providing advice for free.

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Join the Emerging Composers Forum and discuss, learn and grow with others.

I’ve created the Emerging Composers Forum Facebook group as a space for young emerging composers to share their work, their thoughts on music and to become inspired to become a better composer and artist from those around them in a safe and creative space. Click the button below and join in the conversation.

Do you want to build a sustainable creative practice as an emerging composer?

June 1st will see the launch an exciting new Ebook (Wee-book) venture, The Sustainable Composer. This will be the first in a series, through which I’ll share my experience as I continue to develop my practice as a composer, and through my other creative activities. Click the button to learn more.

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.