Matthew McDonald is Principal Bassoon of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Before his appointment there, he was Principal Bassoon of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and Co-Principal Bassoon of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio. Mr. McDonald has performed as soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra, and the Cleveland Orchestra. He has appeared with festival orchestras such as the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Center.
Born in Huntsville, Alabama, Matthew began studying with Hunter Thomas, and later with Benjamin Kamins. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, his other teachers include Barrick Stees, Bernard Garfield, and Daniel Matsukawa.
Along with soprano Susanna Phillips, Matthew co-founded Twickenham Fest, a chamber music festival in Huntsville, Alabama.