One of the brightest stars of the younger generation of conductors, Rory Macdonald's career was launched following assisting roles with Ivan Fischer at the Budapest Festival Orchestra (2001-2003), and Sir Mark Elder and the Halle Orchestra (2006-2008). Macdonald draws out distinctive interpretations of classical and romantic repertoire, and brings passion and intellectual insight to contemporary scores.
Rory Macdonald studied music at Cambridge University, and plays violin and piano. While at university he studied under David Zinman and Jorma Panula at the American Academy of Conducting in Aspen.
In December 2013, Macdonald stood in for Mariss Jansons for two concerts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Beijing and at the Sydney Opera House.
Recent guest conducting engagements have included the London, Bergen, Nagoya, and Copenhagen Philharmonics, Royal Philharmonic, BBC, BBC Scottish, Bournemouth, Adelaide, Queensland, and West Australian Symphonies, Royal Scottish National, Wiener KammerOrchester, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, and BBC National Orchestra of Wales.