Guest artist of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne
Originally from Australia, Matthew McDonald moved to Berlin in 2000 to study at the Karajan-Akademie of the Philharmonic Orchestra. Following this training, he became principal double bass of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and, since 2009, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Matthew McDonald has been invited as principal double bass by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. He has also given master classes in Europe and Asia and taught in Orford (Canada) as well as summer courses in Lisbon. As a chamber musician he has played with Leonidas Kavakos, Christian Tetzlaff, Pekka Kuusisto, Jack Liebeck, Brett Dean, Nicolas Altstaedt, Alban Gerhardt, Julian Steckel, Adrian Brendel, Till Fellner, Imogen Cooper, Radovan Vlatkovic, Radek Barborak, Mark Padmore, the Kuss Quartett, Trio Atos, Ensemble 360, Philharmonische Oktett Berlin and is frequently invited to play with the Skride Piano Quartet. He teaches at the Hochschule für Musik Hans Eisler in Berlin, at the Karajan-Akademie and is a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London.