Duncan McDougall

Duncan McDougall is a 20-year-old violinist from Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada. Duncan is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree in violin performance with Martin Beaver at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, California. Previously, he attended The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists, where he studied with Kelly Parkins-Lindstrom and Jonathan Crow.

As a soloist, Duncan has performed with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. He has held leadership roles in the Aspen Festival Orchestra, The Colburn Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Morningside Music Bridge String Orchestra, and the Taylor Academy’s conductorless ensemble, the Academy Chamber Orchestra.

A frequent award winner, Duncan was chosen by CBC Music as one of Canada’s top 30 classical musicians under the age of 30. Duncan has completed his ARCT in violin performance and violin pedagogy from the Royal Conservatory of Music, for which he was awarded the National Gold Medal. Duncan was a Grand Prize winner and the recipient of the Canimex Group Scholarship at the 2019 Canadian Music Competition.

A passionate chamber musician, Duncan is a founding member of Trio Azura. He has collaborated with acclaimed artists Tessa Lark, Demarre McGill, Andrew Bain, Clive Greensmith, Tatjana Masurenko, Teng Li, Jonathan Crow, and Yehonatan Berrick, among others. In July, he will be attending the Chigiana Festival in Sienna, Italy, with his piano trio.

Duncan has attended the Aspen Music Festival, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Saline Royale Academy, Morningside Music Bridge, the Orford Music Academy, and the Domaine Forget International Music Academy. He has performed in master classes for Miriam Fried, Andres Cardenes, Ilya Kaler, Almita Vamos, and James Ehnes, among others. He plays on a 1900 Scarampella violin on generous loan from the Colburn Collection.