A native of Providence, Rhode Island, Roderick MacDonald began his musical studies
at a young age. As a child, he received private instruction on both piano and trumpet.
His passion for music continued to grow as he advanced through his youth. In 1982
he was awarded the prestigious “Leonard Bernstein Fellowship” at The Tanglewood Institute
for trumpet study. He went on to earn degrees in Mechanical Engineering at University
of Rhode Island (B.S. 1986) and Music at the New England Conservatory of Music in
Boston (M.M. 1988). Upon completion of his masters degree at New England Conservatory,
Kurt Masur, then Music Director of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, appointed him
principal trumpet (1989). His career as a concert soloist began shortly after this
appointment and has since appeared worldwide as a trumpet soloist with highly regarded
ensembles including: Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic, Virtuosi Saxonia,
Bach Collegium Munich, Leipzig Bach Orchestra, Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Concerto
Leipzig, Kammerphilharmonie Leipzig, and the Super World Orchestra (Tokyo). Most recently,
Mr. MacDonald appeared as a soloist with the Norwalk Symphony in Connecticut. With
a discography of over 25 recordings with the Gewandhaus Orchestra, he can also be
heard on recordings with the Leipzig Baroque Soloists, solo recordings, and numerous
other chamber and orchestral albums. One of his solo albums was named "CD of the Month"
by Naxos in December 2003.
Roderick MacDonald also excels as an orchestral conductor. A conducting pupil of Maestro
Kurt Masur, Roderick MacDonald has enjoyed considerable success throughout Germany
and the United States. He also returned to the U.S. to attend the Conductor's Seminar
at The Tanglewood Institute where he studied with Maestro Bernard Haitink. He completed
his formal conducting studies at the Leipzig Conservatory earning a Masters of Music
in Orchestral Conducting (1994). In this same year he was announced as the winner
of the “Deutsche Dirigenten Forum”, a conducting competition in Leipzig. In 2001,
Mr. MacDonald received the Honorary Title of "Kammermusiker" from the city of Leipzig.
Since his return to the U.S., Maestro has been a finalist for the position of Assistant
Conductor of the New York Philharmonic (1997) and Associate Conductor of the Dallas
Symphony (2005). He returns to Germany each February to conduct members of the Leipzig
Gewandhaus Orchestra in a benefit concert for cancer research for children which he
began in 2000. In June 2009, Mr. MacDonald served as a guest conductor with the MDR
Orchestra at the Dresden Music Festival. He recently completed a recording project
with flautist Gudrun Hinde-Hoenig of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.
Mr. MacDonald is currently Associate Professor of Music at SUNY Fredonia as well as
on the Brass Faculty at St. Georges School in Newport, RI. He also maintains an active
performing and conducting career. Mr. MacDonald has held master classes at various
music schools across the United States including Boston Conservatory, New England
Conservatory and Purchase College, State University of New York. Mr. MacDonald currently
resides in Newport, RI and Fredonia, N.Y.