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"Ned McGowan, an American expatriate living in Amsterdam known as a leading contemporary composer/flutist"

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Who is Ned McGowan?

Photo by Hari Adivarekar

Flutist & composer

Ned McGowan (1970) is a flutist and contemporary classical music composer, born in the United States, living in the Netherlands. Known for rhythmical vitality and technical virtuosity, his music has won awards and been performed at Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw and other halls and festivals around the world by many orchestras, ensembles and soloists. As a flutist he plays classical, contemporary and improvisation concerts internationally and he has a special love for the contrabass flute, in 2016 releasing the album: The Art of the Contrabass Flute



His works include Concerto for iPad & Orchestra (2012) which has been played numerous times in the Netherlands, the US and Brasil, Workshop (2004) for recorder and tape, six pièces mécaniques (2012), written for Calefax & Eric Vloemans, Cleveland Times (2016), commissioned for the NFA Flute Convention, Bantammer Swing (2008), a concerto for contrabass flute and orchestra, which premiered in Carnegie Hall by the American Composers Orchestra, and the recent Garden of Iniquitous Creatures (2016), for the Grammy Award winning sextet Eighth Blackbird, which premiered in November 2016 at De Doelen, Rotterdam.

Ned is a professor of composition, ensembles and Advanced Rhythm and Pulse at the Utrecht Conservatory and Music and Technology branches of the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht. He holds degrees in composition from the Royal Conservatory Den Haag and in flute from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In 2014, he was awarded the Alumni Achievement Award from the Cleveland Institute of Music. In September 2016, Ned started an artistic research PhD about speed, frame and time in music at the Leiden University and the DocARTES program in Ghent.

As flutist
Moonrise (1998)
Salvatore Sciarrino - Come vengono prodotti gli incantesimi?
Brian Ferneyhough - Carceri d'Invenzione II

Orchestral works
Concerto for iPad and Orchestra (2012)
TEDx Lecture about Concerto for iPad
Tempest in a Teapot

Ensemble works
Sound Becomes Visible in the Form of Radiance (2010)
six pièces mécaniques (2012)
No Permission Without Trespassing (2015)
Plutoid (2008)
Stupid Neck Chain (2015)
Hymn (2008)

Flute works
Cleveland Times (2016)
Cleveland Times, notes from the composer
Workshop (2004)
Torrent (2011)
Original Torrent improvisation

Contrabass flute
Earthly Chants (2016)
Contrabass flute with Indian Percussion
Wurgelguik (2013/2016)

Advanced Rhythm and Pulse teaching
Musician 3.0 lesson with guest BC Manjunath
Advanced Rhythm and Pulse class description

Workshop performances
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