Ewan holds an MMus in Composition for Screen (distinction) from the Royal College of Music (2012). This specialist film scoring study, supported through scholarships from the RCM and the Edwin Carr Foundation, built upon his BMus in Composition from the New Zealand School of Music (2001). Ewan has been passionate about composing since his teenage years in Dunedin, where an early milestone was winning the 1998 New Zealand Young Composer's Award. In the concert hall, Ewan's compositions have been performed by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, the Southern Sinfonia and a number of youth orchestras and choirs. Notable concert works include Gethsemane (2000) for string orchestra and Reverie (2000) for soprano, clarinet and piano.
In addition to his composing, Ewan has performed with a wide variety of ensembles such as the Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra (as trombonist) and Auckland Wind Orchestra (as Musical Director). In 2004 Ewan conducted the NZ premiere of James MacMillan's Seven Last Words from the Cross with the Tudor Consort and a contempoary music ensemble which he co-founded and directed, called GateSeven.
Currently specialising almost exclusively in music for screen, Ewan has worked to date with filmmakers based in the USA, UK, India, Australia and New Zealand.
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