Malcolm MacFarlane recently received the Scottish Arts’ Council funded Scottish Jazz Award for guitar. As a jazz guitarist he has gigged, toured and/or recorded with many musicians from all over the world including: Jamie Cullum, Barbara Thopson, Tam White, Barbara Morrison, Salena Jones, Stacey Kent, Jacqui Dankworth, Jacqui Hicks, Claire Martin, Gary Husband, Peter Erskine, Alrid Andersen, Jon Christensen, Charlie Rouse, BBC Radio Big Band, NYJO, SNJO, SCJE, Marc Antoine, Maria Schneider and Florian Ross amongst many others.
As a commercial player he has also gigged, toured and/or recorded with: Matt Bianco, Tom Jones, David Essex, Barbara Dickson, Petula Clark, Eddi Reader & Shatatak amongst many others. In London he was involved in the commercial session scene and has recorded many library CDs, film scores and jingles including Steve Wright’s which have been broadcast 5 days a week for the last two decades. As a freelance orchestral player he has worked with: The Royal Ballet, Soloists of the Royal Opera House, RSNO, SCO (the Scottish Concert Orchestra), Sir Willard White, Jonathan Lemalu, Evelyn Glennie, Scottish Opera, Steve Martland, Carl Davis, Elmer Berstein, Charles Hazelwood, Northern Sinfonia, The Ulster Orchestra and the BBC SSO amongst many others.
More recently he has been focusing on composition and has scored films, provided music for audiobooks and written many pieces for the Red Note Ensemble. He has also led many of his own groups including the Scottish Guitar Quartet that he founded in 2000 and is featured on over 20 CD releases.