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Boyd McDonald ~ Biography (Short Format)

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BOYD MCDONALD

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 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.

 

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Boyd McDonald ~ Biography (Long Format)

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BOYD MCDONALD

Boyd’s recent 2 CD release of BrahmsThe Piano Miniatures” reveals a pianist "schooled in the romantic style of Theodore Leschetizky, Jeannette Durno and Lyell Gustin – beautiful tone, precise rhythm, polished playing that is always deeply felt, carefully considered and soundly musical.” (Music Times, Waterloo-Wellington Sept-Oct, 2013). McDonald’s lineage of instructional ancestors was honoured in July, 2013 as students gathered to celebrate his six decades of teaching. 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 Paul Pulford. “In what is certainly the major period instrument release of Beethoven chamber music in many a year, Pulford and McDonald have completely blown the competition out of the water – there is simply no need to consider any other version, despite the many big name cellists who have recorded this music.” (Continuo Magazine USA).

As composer McDonald studied with Murray Adaskin, with Nadia Boulanger and at summer schools with Darius Milhaud, John Cage and Stefan 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@uwaterloo, Wellington Winds, NUMUS, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and soloists including Guy Few (trumpet/piano) Joseph Petric (accordion) Alain Trudel (trombone) Willem Moolenbeek (saxophone) and Sylvia Tyson (singer-songwriter). His DVD entitled “An Artist’s Neighbourhood” was composed to portray the oils, water colours and block prints of Woldemar Neufeld reflecting scenes in Waterloo County, New York City, The Eastern Seaboard, and his native Ukraine.

He composed music for Marivaux’s The Triumph of Love produced by Richard Monette at the Stratford (Ontario) Summer Festival, and for The Amorous Servant by Goldoni and Le malade imaginaire by Molière for Pleiades Theatre in Toronto and Ottawa. Recent performances include his Triple Concerto for Bellows & Brass with the Vancouver Symphony, and Six Sonnets for Reid Spencer, baritone, with Symphony Hamilton.

Currently Chair of Nota Bene Baroque Players, McDonald is a recipient of the Waterloo Region lifetime achievement award and is retired Music Director at Grand River Unitarian Congregation of Waterloo. He continues to perform, record and compose as Professor Emeritus at Wilfrid Laurier University.

..made contact with the music and with his listeners” (The Times, London)

Boyd McDonald made a debut as pianist and composer at Town Hall yesterday and he wore both hats admirably” (New York Times)

We have nothing but praise for this Canadian pianist, for the strength of his sound musicianship” (Cri de la France, Paris)

..one of the finest of Canadian pianists” (Winnipeg Tribune)

Whoever can play the piano like Boyd McDonald at the age of 74 should consider it a divine gift” (Nordbayerischer Kurier, Bayreuth, Bavaria).”
 

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