Biography

Tim's three main fiddles: an 1807 violin made by William Ferguson in Edinburgh, a modern-made Baroque violin, and a copy of a Stradivarius pochette.

Heralded for his “impressive and stylistically Scottish playing” (Melinda Crawford) and as “a real fiddler” (Bonnie Rideout), Tim Macdonald is a regular performer, composer, and teacher of Scottish-Baroque music.

Tim was the first US National Scottish Fiddling Champion to win on a Baroque violin, and his performances with Trio Settecento, Susie Petrov, Colyn Fischer, Rachel Barton Pine in front of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, the Bach and Beethoven Ensemble, and many others have taken him from New York City’s Frick Collection to the 1770s Ox Bow Tavern, countless country and contra dances, Scotland’s National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music, and beyond. His radio appearances include WQXR classic radio (New York City), BBC Scotland’s Take the Floor, and WBOM radio (Rockford, IL). In 2015 he formed a period instrument Scottish fiddle duo with bass violinist Jeremy Ward, and they now perform regularly all over Chicago, the U.S., and the world.

In addition to performing, Tim runs a private teaching studio and is on faculty at The Jink and Diddle School of Scottish Fiddling, and his compositions have won first place at both Scottish FIRE Composition Competitions and are now available in print. A “remarkably capable” scholar as well as a player (Johann Buis), Tim an Arthur and Lila Weinberg Fellow at the Newberry Library for the 2015-16 academic year, where he researched the period-correct performance of Scottish-Baroque music, focusing on the work of Robert Mackintosh. He also plays the viola d'amore, harpsichord, and concertina, serves on the board of the Great Lakes Baroque, develops software, and ran the Chicago Marathon for charity.

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