Simon MacDonald

Simon MacDonald began playing the violin at age seven in Victoria, British Columbia. He earned his AVCM Teacher and Performance Diploma from the Victoria Conservatory of Music, Bachelor’s degree from New England Conservatory in Boston, and Master’s degree from McGill, in Montreal. Simon has performed in several music festivals around Europe and North America, including Schleswig Holstein Music Festival in Germany, Tanglewood Music Festival, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts, and at ArtSpring Music Festival on Saltspring Island. After playing the 1999 season with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans, Simon returned to Canada where he was an active performer on the Canadian Prairies.

Moving to Winnipeg Simon was active as a teacher, orchestral musician, chamber musician, and soloist; he was a member of the 1st violin section of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Principal Second violin of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, a member of the Rembrandt String Quartet, a regular guest with the Brandon Chamber Players and the new music ensemble GroundSwell, and spent his final three years on the prairies as Concertmaster of the Regina Symphony Orchestra.

In the fall of 2017 Simon was appointed the Head of Strings of the Victoria Conservatory of Music, and Artistic Director of the Young Artists Collegium at the VCM. In Victoria teaching has become the major focus of his musical life; he maintains a private studio, coaches the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra, coaches chamber music, and is also the Artistic Director of the VCM Summer Strings Academy. As well as being invited to be on faculty at Rosamunde Summer Music Academy, Simon has traveled as far as Perth, Australia, to teach at WAAPA, the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts.