Douglas McNabney

Academic title(s): 

Associate Professor

Douglas McNabney
Music Performance
Ensembles & Conducting
Contact Information
Email address: 
douglas.mcnabney [at]

Native of Toronto, violist Douglas McNabney is one of Canada’s distinguished chamber musicians. An international performing career has taken him to Holland, Belgium, France, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Italy, Germany, Ireland, Great Britain, Switzerland, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, in addition to his appearances throughout Canada and the U.S.A. He has recorded for, among others, BRT (Brussels), Radio Bremen, RTE (Dublin), Finnish Broadcasting (Helsinki), Sudwestdeutscher Rundfunk (Karlsruhe), Norwegian Radio (Oslo), Radio Sweden (Stockholm), NPR (USA), and the CBC. His recording on the Oxingale label of the Mozart Divertimento with Jonathan Crow and Matt Haimovitz was nominated for a Juno in 2007 and his Dorian recording of Mahler with the Smithsonian Chamber Players was nominated for a Grammy in 2008.

As one of Canada's most active chamber musicians, he has appeared as guest artist with the leading chamber music groups and societies across Canada. His chamber music partners have included Canadians Marc-André Hamelin, Louis Lortie, André Laplante, Anton Kuerti, James Ehnes and renowned soloists Menahem Pressler, Steven Isserlis, Jamie Buswell, William Preucil, Miriam Fried, among many others.

Also renowned as an arts administrator, Douglas McNabney was Artistic Director of the Domaine Forget Music Festival and Academy from 2001 until 2005. He was Artistic Director of Toronto Summer Music Festival from 2010 until 2016 and was responsible for implementing innovative programs for training young artists – The Chamber Music Institute and The Art of Song - that reflect his preoccupation with the encouragement and promotion of the next generation of performing artists.

Douglas McNabney is currently Associate Dean, Academic and Student Affairs and Coordinator of Chamber Music at the Schulich School of Music. He continues to pursue a busy schedule of appearances as soloist and guest artist in festivals and with chamber music societies and ensembles across North America and in Europe.


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