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Rob MacDonald, B. Mus, M. Mus.

Sincere performances of bold and engaging repertoire have established guitarist Rob MacDonald as one of Canada’s most exciting performers of new music. As both a soloist and chamber musician his persistent quest for fresh repertoire regularly leads to the creation of new works and the presentation of rarely heard pieces. He has performed with Soundstreams Canada, Madawaska String Quartet, Contact Contemporary Music, the Canadian Opera Company, Amadeus Choir, Queen of Puddings Music Theatre, and Toca Loca. Alongside virtuoso guitarist, Tracy Anne Smith, he is co-founder of ChromaDuo, an ensemble actively commissioning, premiering, and performing new repertoire throughout North America. Their debut recording,Hidden Waters, has been called ‘nothing short of inspirational’ (Simon Powis, Classical Guitar Review), ‘Each of the pieces played flawlessly bring a broad palette of colours, sounds, and emotions, a ‘tourbilion’ in which it is easy to lose oneself’ (Jean-Baptiste Collinet, the Muse’s Muse), and ‘modern guitar music at its most powerful, extending form and substance of the guitar to give the listener an almost orchestral experience’ (Kirk Albrecht, Minor 7th).

Rob is an accredited Suzuki teacher. In addition to his teaching at the HSSM Rob is also a teacher at the North York Suzuki School and is on faculty at University of Toronto.

bass, cello, viola, and violin