Part-Time Professor - Violin

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Donnie Deacon has traversed the terrain of both performance as a violinist and violist in national and international contexts, and the life of a conductor and director in recent years. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, he began his violin studies with Robert Cairns, followed by Jerre Gibson at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Mr. Deacon continued his studies at the Yehudi Menuhin School in London under the tutelage of Natasha Boyarskaya and Lord Menuhin. He then attended the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he continued under Jaime Laredo and Ida Kavafian. Following his studies at Curtis, Mr. Deacon was appointed Principal Second Violin of the National Arts Centre Orchestra (NACO), the youngest person to have ever held this position (at the age of 21), and a chair he held from 2001-2016.

Mr. Deacon has performed as soloist all over the world with orchestras including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, BT Scottish Ensemble, London Soloists, Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, Pablo de Sarasate Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the Curtis Institute of Music. He has been guest Concertmaster of both the Vancouver Symphony and The National Arts Centre Orchestra, among other ensembles. As an advocate for Canadian music, Mr. Deacon has given the world premiere of Gary Kulesha's 2nd violin concerto and William Rowson's violin concerto.

As an active chamber musician, Mr. Deacon was a founding member of the Zukerman Chamber Players, performing at the most prestigious music festivals in Europe and North America.

Mr. Deacon was named Artistic Director of the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra in 2013, working with soloists such as Yosuke Kawasaki, Joanna G’Froerer, Jethro Marks, Yehonatan Berrick, Julie Nesrallah, Michelle Gott, David Jalbert, Joel Quarrington, Donna Brown and many others.

Donnie Deacon currently holds the position of Music Director of the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy.

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