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Donnie Deacon


Mr. Deacon was a founding member of the Zukerman Chamber Players and has performed at many renowned music festivals such as Verbier, Schleswig Holstein, Ravinia, Aspen and the BBC Proms.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Donnie Deacon began studying the violin with Robert Cairns. He then studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music with Jerre Gibson. He continued his studies at the Yehudi Menuhin School in London under the tutelage of Natasha Boyarskaya and finished his schooling at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with Jaime Laredo and Ida Kavafian.

Mr. Deacon has performed all over the world as a soloist with such distinguished orchestras as the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish 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 sat as principal second violin with the National Arts Centre Orchestra since 2001, the youngest player to do so in the history of the Orchestra. He has performed as guest Concertmaster of both the Vancouver Symphony and The National Arts Centre Orchestra.

As an advocate for Canadian music, he has given the world premiere of Gary Kulesha’s 2nd violin concerto and William Rowson’s violin concerto.