Ewan Clark is a film composer, orchestrator and conductor based in Wellington. Since 2008 he has scored numerous short films, documentaries and feature films by filmmakers based in New Zealand and internationally. Festival screenings of these include Cannes Film Festival 2012 (The Outsider), London Independent Film Festival 2013 (Hotspot: Log in at Own Risk), European Short Film Festival 2013 (El Tiempo de la Luz), Marbella International Film Festival 2011 (Money Can’t Buy), Moondance International Film Festival 2010 (The Sunshine Girl) and CMS Vatavaran Environment and Wildlife Film Festival 2009 (SOS: Save Our Sholas). Recent projects include Tim Prebble's score for the feature film One Thousand Ropes, which won Best Original Music in a Film at the 2017 APRA Silver Scrolls. He also orchestrated David Long’s score for Beyond the Edge, which was nominated for the same award in 2014.
In 2011–2012 Ewan was the Janet Bolton O’Sullivan Scholar at the Royal College of Music, graduating with an MMus in Composition for Screen with Distinction. This study was also supported by the 2011 Edwin Carr Foundation Scholarship, awarded through Creative New Zealand. A highlight of his time at the RCM was the commission by the Philharmonia Orchestra to orchestrate three pieces for a performance at Buckingham Palace, before an audience of the world’s sovereign monarchs, gathered to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee. Another highlight was the completion of his first feature film score, for Hotspot: Log in at Own Risk. A concert version of this score was commissioned by Auckland Symphony Orchestra.
Ewan’s concert works have been performed by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, the Southern Sinfonia, and the Auckland Symphony Orchestra among others. Notable works include Gethsemane (2000) for string orchestra and Reverie (2000) for soprano, clarinet and piano.
As a conductor, a highlight to date has been the NZ premiere of James MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross with GateSeven and the Tudor Consort. Other exciting concerts of new music were conducted with GateSeven, which Ewan co-founded with Dylan Lardelli in 2003.
Born in Dunedin, Ewan’s early musical background was in orchestral and jazz trombone. In 1997–2000, he won various local and national music awards, including the 1998 New Zealand Young Composer’s Award, which encouraged him to study for his Bachelor of Music in composition at the University of Otago. While at Victoria University of Wellington School of Music in 2001–5, Ewan furthered his studies, learning from the nation’s finest composers, including John Psathas. He also studied and gained much experience in conducting. He was recently awarded his PhD from Victoria University and has also been working there as a guest lecturer in the field of composition. In his spare time, Ewan plays trombone with the Wellington Chamber Orchestra, which he also conducted in 2017.
for brass ensemble
for piano, 20s
for string orchestra and four solo violins, 10m
for SATB choir and two pianos
for soprano, clarinet and piano, 7m
for cello, 8m
for clarinet, 4m