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 for his work as both a composer and performer and in that capacity Ned is currently pursuing an artistic research PhD about speed, frame and time in music at the Leiden University via the DocARTES program.