Grace Juliet Macdonald

Grace Macdonald (*1996) is a British Saxophonist from Jersey in the Channel Islands. After moving to Manchester in 2013 Grace enjoyed her first concerts as a soloist with the Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Bridgnorth Sinfonia and RNCM Brand New Orchestra. During her bachelors at the RNCM Grace explored and developed skills across many musical genres and began performing folk and jazz regularly as well as pop in Clubs around the UK. In 2017 Grace joined the award winning Abelia Saxophone Quartet, proceeding to tour the UK, Portugal, Switzerland and China with them until she moved to Germany in 2019 to study at the UdK Berlin. In Berlin Grace continued her close work with composers, working as a session musician for film scores and premiering several pieces, particularly with her accordion duo AXO. To date she has premiered over 30 new works for saxophone, including two concertos. During the pandemic Grace moved to Zürich where she is currently studying towards her Masters in Music Pedagogy at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK) with Lars Mlekusch. Aside from her work as a saxophone and clarinet teacher in Zürich, Grace performs regularly in classical, jazz and pop contexts. Recent activities include recording saxophone for a rock album and a project for Saxophone Quartet and electronics, which is currently being toured around Switzerland and Spain, with plans for further concerts elsewhere in Europe next year. Grace curates Surprise Am Mittag, a genre-free concert series in Zürich. Her upcoming plans include further developing her concert series and an album of new music co-written with her friend Phoenix Rousiamanis.