Ewan Millar wins BBC Young Musician Woodwind Final

Ewan Millar (c) Fabio De Paola

The Faculty of Music would like to congratulate Ewan Millar, oboist and Oxford University student, for his success in the BBC Young Musician Woodwind 2020 final. Millar, who was competing against four other woodwind players, presented a varied programme, including Jeffrey Agrell’s Blues for DD, Peter Facer’s The Praying Mantis and the second of Schumann’s Three Romances. The judges were Angela Dixon, chief executive of Saffron Hall, recorder player Piers Adams, and Amy Harman, principal bassoonist with the English National Opera and the Aurora Orchestra. The programme was hosted by flautist Katherine Bryan and Faculty of Music alumna Anna Lapwood.

Millar, 19, then went on to the BBC Young Musician finals, competing against French horn player Annemarie Federle and percussionist Fang Zhang, who ultimately won the competition. In-keeping with his choice of vibrant, contemporary works throughout the competition, Millar chose to perform the ‘Legacy’ Concerto by Spanish composer Óscar Navarro.

Peter Collyer, Director of Performance, writes: ‘Ewan played superbly in the final, and it must have been a very close decision for the judges. All of us at the Music Faculty offer him our congratulations on his outstanding achievement in the BBC competition and look forward to supporting him through to the end of his degree in 2022. Despite the distraction of the competition and the challenges of the pandemic Ewan has found the time to give some great performances here in Oxford over the past year, and his solo recital and concert with his woodwind trio are both available to watch again on the JDP YouTube channel.’

Image by Fabio De Paola.