Boyd McDonald - Fortepianist, Pianist, Composer
Boyd’s recent 2 CD release of Brahms “The Piano Miniatures” reveals a pianist “schooled in the romantic style of Theodore Leschetizky, Jeannette Durno and Lyell Gustin – playing that is always deeply felt, carefully considered and soundly musical.” (Music Times, Waterloo-Wellington Sept-Oct 2013). The lineage continues in his role as Honorary President of the Gustin/Trounce Heritage Committee, and the Canadian Regional Director of the Leschetizky Association.
McDonald's Wigmore debut in 1960 was followed by his New York recital in 1963 as winner of the Leschetizky Town Hall Debut Prize. He then toured North America, Europe and England as a member of the Beckett and McDonald Piano Duo. Since 1982 he has been an active fortepianist recording the Complete Works for Cello and Fortepiano by Beethoven with cellist Paul Pulford.
As composer McDonald studied with Murray Adaskin, with Nadia Boulanger, and at summer schools with Darius Milhaud, John Cage and Sefan Wolpe. His compositions have been performed by Bellows & Brass, The Scholars of London, The Renaissance Singers, The Gallery Players of Niagara, Waterloo Chamber Players, orchestra@uwatereloo, Wellington Winds, NUMUS, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra and by soloists including Guy Few (trumpet/piano) Joseph Petric (accordion) Alain Trudel (trombone) Willem Moolenbeek (saxophone) and Sylvia Tyson (singer-songwriter).
He has composed theatre music for the Sratford (Ontario) Summer Festival and for the Pleiades Theatre in Toronto and Ottawa. Recent performances also include his Triple Concerto for Bellows & Brass with the Vancouver Symphony, and Six Sonnets for Reid Spencer, baritone, with Symphony Hamilton.
He is the recipient of the Waterloo Region Lifetime Achievement Award and continues to perform, record and compose as Professor Emeritus at Wilfrid Laurier University.
(short version ~ 2013)