Duncan McDougall

Last updated: October 7, 2020

Duncan McDougall, Violin

Duncan McDougall is an 18-year-old violinist from Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada. He was the recipient of the Mary Jean Potter Scholarship to attend The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists, where he studied with Kelly Parkins-Lindstrom and Jonathan Crow. Duncan recently began his undergraduate degree in violin performance with Martin Beaver at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, California.

As a soloist, Duncan has performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Canadian Sinfonietta, the Oakville Chamber Orchestra, the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra, and the Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra. He has served as concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Morningside Music Bridge String Orchestra, and the Taylor Academy’s conductorless ensemble, the Academy Chamber Orchestra. In 2019, he had the opportunity to perform a solo recital at the Toronto Summer Music Festival as a part of their Shuffle Hour series.

A frequent award winner, most recently Duncan was chosen by CBC Music as one of Canada’s top 30 classical musicians under the age of 30. Duncan was a Grand Prize winner and the recipient of the Canimex Group Scholarship at the 2019 Canadian Music Competition, and a semifinalist at the 2019 OSM Manulife Competition, where he received the Orford Music Prize. Also in 2019, he was awarded the Geringas Memorial Scholarship and the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra Stingray Music Rising Star Award. In 2017, he was a winner of the TSYO Concerto Competition, performing as a soloist with the TSO.

As a chamber musician, Duncan’s string duo was a first prize winner at the 2019 Canadian Music Competition. He has performed in the 5 At The First Chamber Music Series, and with members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He attended the Szekely-Rolston Young Musician’s Program at the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition, working with former Juilliard String Quartet member Joel Krosnick.

Duncan has attended summer programs such as Morningside Music Bridge, Orford Music, and the Domaine Forget International Music Academy. He has performed in master classes for Miriam Fried, Andres Cardenes, Ilya Kaler, Almita Vamos, Rachel Barton Pine, Ian Swensen, William van der Sloot, Nikki Chooi, and Martin Chalifour, among others. He currently plays on a 2018 Mark Schnurr violin. In his spare time, Duncan enjoys trail running, canoeing, camping, and downhill skiing.

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