A graduate in music from Oxford University, Scott Ellaway made his professional debut at age 21 conducting members of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Welsh National Opera in Abergavenny. In the course of his budding career, he was invited to conduct several prominent orchestras, including the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Oxford Chamber Orchestra, and the London Mozart Players. Ellaway has also led the Philharmonia Orchestra, becoming the youngest person to conduct it since Simon Rattle.
While working in the United States with Michael Tilson Thomas, the director of the New World Symphony, Ellaway developed the idea to establish a training orchestra of his own, composed of young musicians from the top conservatories in the United Kingdom. In 2006, Ellaway hand-picked exceptional students of all backgrounds for his Oxford-based ensemble, Orchestra Europa, whose purpose is to function as an academy for preparatory performing experience. Ellaway has worked with Marin Alsop in her project honoring Leonard Bernstein and has been ranked as one of the U.K.'s top 10 conductors by BBC Music Magazine.