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Scott Ellaway

  • Conductor


Scott Ellaway made his professional debut at the age of twenty -one, conducting musicians from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Welsh National Opera while still an undergraduate at Oxford. He has since worked with a number of leading orchestras and ensembles, both in the UK and further afield, including the Philharmonia Orchestra, then the youngest British-born conductor to lead the orchestra since Sir Simon Rattle, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, the Oxford Chamber Orchestra, the New World Symphony, Rebel Baroque Orchestra, the European Union Youth Orchestra, and the orchestra of the Birmingham Conservatoire. Ellaway has worked with a number of internationally renowned artists including the BBC Singers, Lisa Milne, James Bowman, Robin Blaze, David Owen Norris, Alexander Melnikov, Jonathan Lemalu, and Nicola Benedetti whose concert from the Cheltenham Festival was broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Ellaway has featured regularly in the media, making several contributions to Classic FM’s podcast series and was recently featured in a documentary by Deutsche Welle TV.

In the Summer of 2006 Scott Ellaway, working with composer Robert Saxton and other members of the University of Oxford, founded Orchestra Europa, a unique UK-based educational charity devoted to fostering an enthusiasm in classical music, with an orchestral emphasis, in young people of all ages. Using high-profile concerts with artists of repute as its focal points, Orchestra Europa grew rapidly under Ellaway’s leadership into a substantial organisation benefitting several hundred young people each year and working with a variety of schools, community groups and other artistic organisations. His pioneering work has been met with international acclaim in publications including BBC Music Magazine, Gramophone Magazine, Music Teacher Magazine, The Times, and The Daily Telegraph, giving Ellaway a unique profile not only as a successful conductor but also as an inspirer of generations of musicians despite his young age.

Deeply committed to music education, Scott Ellaway continues to work closely with a number of international organisations, including Europa, Absolute Return for Kids (ARK), and local and national government groups in furthering this cause, alongside his active performance schedule. In February 2012 Ellaway will launch a new global music education resource, working in conjunction with Pearson Education, which will be distributed in schools and colleges across the UK and North America.