Tim Macdonald

Praised for hisathletic,” “impressive and stylistically Scottish playing” (Dr. John Turner & Dr.  Melinda Crawford), Tim Macdonald is a regular performer, scholar, composer, and teacher of early Scottish fiddle music. Tim was the first US National Scottish Fiddling Champion to win on a Baroque violin, and his performances with Trio Settecento, Susie Petrov, Rachel Barton Pine, the Bach and Beethoven Experience, and others have taken him from New York City’s Frick Collection to the villages of Indonesia, countless country an contra dances, Scotland’s Blair Castle, and beyond. Recent projects include performing Scotland’s first opera, The Gentle Shepherd, in full for the first time in over two centuries, lecturing on the intersection of the Scottish Enlightenment and modern fiddling, and serving as music and dancing master at a recreation of a 1770s American tavern. His debut album, The Wilds (with cellist Jeremy Ward), is a “fresh and yet authentic sounding” (Dr. John Purser) celebration of the diversity of Scottish fiddle music in the 18th  century. 

Thank you to the following for their financial support

Elizabeth F. Cheny Foundation
Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation
Global Voices
Illinois Arts Council Agency
Logan Center for the Arts
Paul M Angel Family Foundation
Supported by The MacArthur Funds for Arts & Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
The Saints
The University of Chicago Department of Music
UChicago Arts