Sincere performances of bold and engaging repertoire have established guitarist and University of Toronto instructor 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, Madawaska String Quartet, Canadian Opera Company, Amadeus Choir, Continuum, Talisker Players, Contact Contemporary Music, Tapestry New Opera and Toca Loca. Alongside virtuoso guitarist, Tracy Anne Smith, he is a co-founder of ChromaDuo, an ensemble actively commissioning, premiering, and performing new repertoire throughout North America and abroad. Their debut recording, Hidden Waters, has been called ‘nothing short of inspirational’ (Simon Powis, Classical Guitar Review) and ‘modern guitar music at its most powerful, extending the form and substance of the guitar to give the listener an almost orchestral experience’ (Kirk Albrecht, Minor 7th).
Robert is a member of the Royal Conservatory College of Examiners.
In addition to his performing activities, Rob is a Suzuki Association-accredited teacher, and he greatly enjoys working with children.