Born in Halifax, Scott Macmillan enjoys a stellar reputation in Nova Scotia and abroad for his unusual versatility working in the fields of classical, pop, jazz, blues and celtic music. He is equally at home on the podium, in the studio or behind a guitar, Scott is in great demand as a conductor, performer, composer/arranger and producer Working professionally for more than 25 years he has played an integral role in widening the audience for the music of Atlantic Canada both nationally and internationally. Acknowledged by Rita MacNeil at the 2005 ECMA Awards as an integral contributor to her success, Scott has played an equally pivotal role in the rise of the Rankin Family Band and the Nova Scotia Mass Choir. For his contributions Scott received a Doctor of Letters from Cape Breton University in 1997.
His latest creative venture, a 12-piece jazz ensemble, Scott 'n the Rocks, a creative collective providing opportunities for musical expression and exploration through composition and improvisational performances.
Throughout his career, Scott's creative passion has led to many exciting commissions, performances and opportunities to compose new works. In 2006 with Scott as Musical Director, his co-creation with Writer and Artistic Director Paul Gallant will see yearly productions of Le Grand Cercle which will be a cornerstone of a major community/cultural/tourism initiative in Cheticamp. The cast recording has been nomintated for an East Coast Music Award.
Macmillan’s choral classical Celtic cross-over work composition Celtic Mass for the Sea, which he collaborated with his wife, Jennyfer Brickenden, is much loved and much performed including Carnegie Hall, the UK and Germany. His award winning composition, MacKinnon’s Brook Suite for bagpipe and orchestra was premiered with Symphony Nova Scotia and later broadcast for National CBC TV.
An exceptional guitarist, Scott is a multiple ECMA (East Coast Music Award) winner, for his recordings with the innovative group Puirt a Baroque, Bach Meets Cape Breton and also for his own collaborative recordings The Minnie Sessions Volumes 1, 2, & 3 and the MacKinnon's Brook Suite, which he composed for Ian MacKinnon and Symphony Nova Scotia (SNS).
Macmillan has played a pivotal role in highly successful Maritime Pops Series with Symphony Nova Scotia’s (SNS). He was the inaugural Host Conductor and Arranger for this series. Since the mid 1980’s he has built bridges, creating relationships between the classical world of SNS and the diversity of Nova Scotia's musical and cultural communities. This most popular Maritime Pops Series has resulted in numerous sold-out performances every season. A master guitar player, Scott delights audiences by joining his guest artists on guitar from the podium.
Scott's unique innovative and creative talent to explore music's vast mosaic makes him an exhilarating and energetic musical force whose performances are always fresh.
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