Biography

James Alexandropoulos-McEwan

  • Composer

James Alexandropoulos-McEwan is a Greek—Scottish composer whose work moves between contemporary classical, rock and electronic music. His training in music began when he started studying the classical guitar at the age of ten, but he soon started teaching himself the electric guitar and got his first experience composing music by writing for rock bands, in which he performed around Athens, Greece.

James left Greece at the age of eighteen, and after briefly attending Bennington College in Vermont, U.S.A. where he took various courses in Literature, Music and other subjects, James studied composition at Birmingham Conservatoire under Andrew Hamilton, Riaan Vosloo and Ed Bennett. He graduated with a BMus Composition degree with first-class honours. He was also the winner of the 2016 Birmingham Chamber Music Society Composition Prize, which was adjudicated by Richard Ayres. James is currently pursuing an MMus Composition degree at The Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, where he studies under Yannis Kyriakides and Guus Janssen. He continues to play electric guitar in various settings, and is continues to explore new ways of bridging his different musical backgrounds, and investigating ways that contemporary classical composition can find a new space in the listening habits of 21st century listeners.

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