Oboist Ewan Millar won the Woodwind Category Final of the BBC Young Musician competition 2020 at the age of eighteen.

He went on to reach the Final at Bridgewater Hall where he performed ‘Legacy’ by Óscar Navarro with BBC Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Mark Wigglesworth, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4.

In 2022, he will perform as soloist with Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra after winning the 2020 Senior Concerto competition. Previous highlights include performances at Windsor Festival and at The Royal Albert Hall in ‘Gabriel’s Oboe’ with Berkshire Youth Symphony Orchestra, in addition to concerto performances with Reading Symphony Orchestra and Windsor & Maidenhead Symphony Orchestra.

Ewan reads Music at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, and performs regularly with numerous ensembles including Oxford University Orchestra, Oxford Sinfonietta, the Holywell Wind Trio, the Oxford Baroque Players, and contemporary music group ‘Ensemble ISIS’.

Originally from Reading, Ewan has been playing the oboe since he was eight, firstly with Nicky Fairbairn and now with Melanie Ragge at Royal Academy of Music. He has participated in masterclasses with Gilles Silvestrini, Celia Craig and Jonathan Small in addition to one-off private lessons with Nicholas Daniel and Gordon Hunt.

Ewan is grateful to the Young Classical Artists Trust for their generous support in their aftercare scheme for BBC Young Musician finalists.

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Press reviews

Rarely appearing to take a breath, he swept through all moods with rather hushed aplomb...he seemed utterly at one with his instrument and music.

BBC Young Musician Final / The Times / May 2021

The outstanding principal oboe part danced with exquisite elegance and sombre yearning beneath the rich warmth of the strings and woodwind.

Oxford Sinfonietta / Oxford University Music Society Journal / November 2019


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