Andrew Paul MacDonald
Classical Electric Guitar
Renowned as a composer of works for symphony orchestra, concerto soloists, opera and chamber ensembles, Andrew Paul MacDonald is also a concert guitarist and jazz musician. There are twenty CDs of his compositions to date, one of which won the Juno Award for Best Composition, another both the East Coast Music Award and a Canadian Independent Music Award for best recording.
He has premiered a number of works especially written for him, including the concerto Nocturno by Canadian composer Glenn Buhr, and in 1979 was a finalist in the CBC National Performers’ Competition. In 1980 he presented the Canadian premiere of Richard Rodney Bennett’s Guitar Concerto and in 1982 made his first Carnegie Hall appearance at the ISCM festival in New York. He has performed many of his own compositions, including solos, chamber works and song cycles and has been recorded and broadcast on both the CBC and Société-Radio Canada. Besides the concertos mentioned above, he has also been the soloist in a number of other concertos, including those by Villa-Lobos and Rodrigo and recently starred in the premiere of his new concerto, Electric Pleasures.