"Ewan Clark's film music is out of this world!"
Biography EWAN CLARK (MMus RCM)
Ewan Clark is a film composer and orchestrator based in Wellington, New Zealand, who trained at the Royal College of Music with an MMus in Composition for Screen. Feature films, short films and documentaries scored by Ewan have screened at BAFTA (Internal and Odd) and festivals including Festival de Cannes 2012 (The Outsider), Marbella International Film Festival 2011 (Money Can’t Buy), Moondance International Film Festival 2010 (The Sunshine Girl) and London Independent Film Festival (Hotspot: Log in at Own Risk). His music has been televised on BBC Four, JuiceTV and TVNZ and has been broadcast on Audiobook Radio and Radio NZ Concert. Three orchestrations were commissioned and played by the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Diamond Jubilee Gala Dinner in Buckingham Palace, which was attended by virtually all of the world's monarchs. In 2012 Ewan was a finalist in SoundTrack Cologne's prestigeous European Talent Competition for film composition, and his score for the feature film Hotspot: Log in at Own Risk was twice performed as a suite by the Auckland Symphony Orchestra.
Ewan has been passionate about composing since his teenage years in Dunedin, where he was spurred on after winning the 1998 New Zealand Young Composer's Award and other awards. He then completed a BMus majoring in composition at the New Zealand School of Music (then called VUW School of Music), which was excellent preparation for his later MMus at the Royal College of Music in London.
Ewan's years of practical experience with orchestras as a trombonist and conductor gives him an insider's view on how to compose effectively for orchestra, which compliments his conservertoire training. He's performed with a wide variety of ensembles such as the Auckland Wind Orchestra (as Musical Director), Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra (as trombonist) and the Dunedin City Jazz Orchestra (as trombonist). 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. As a conductor, a highlight to date has been conducting the NZ premiere of James MacMillan's Seven Last Words from the Cross with GateSeven and the Tudor Consort, which has received repeated broadcasts on Radio NZ Concert. Several other exciting concerts of new music were conducted with GateSeven, which Ewan co-founded with Dylan Lardelli in 2003.
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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