Ned McGowan studied flute and composition at the Cleveland Institute of Music and at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He lives in Amsterdam since 1994 and there he continued his study with Anne La Berge (contemporary flute repertoire and so called 'extended techniques') and Rafael Reina (composition and Carnatic theory).
He gave solo concerts in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Israel and the United States. Furthermore he performed with among others the Scapino Dance Company, MusikFabrik, Gene Carl Band and TONK. As flute teacher he gave masterclasses in extended techniques and non-traditional sounds at many universities and conservatories in the United States and the Netherlands. He is also primary course teacher at DJAM Opleiding for Jazz and Light Music in Amsterdam.
As composer and improvising musician Ned McGowan has developed a style in which elements of Western classical music, jazz and the Carnatic tradition (South-India) come together. His solo piece for flute, Moonrise, was elected for the final of the Gaudeamus Prize 1999. His work for ensemble Melting Igloos was elected for the Gaudeamus Prize 2000.
Ned organises the concertseries in "de Badcuyp" in Amsterdam. This is an
experimental stage wherein microtonality is an important aspect.