Grace Juliet Macdonald is a British saxophonist born in Jersey, Channel Islands. After winning the title ‘Jersey Young Woodwind Player’ in 2012 and 2013, she made her orchestral debut with the Jersey Symphony Orchestra and concerto debut with the Jersey Youth Chamber Orchestra. She left Jersey to study at Chetham’s School of Music where she furthered her solo career with performances with the Chethams Symphony Orchestra, the Bridgnorth Sinfonia and piano concerts around the UK.
Grace studied with Rob Buckland and Andy Scott at the Royal Northern College of Music where she achieved her Bachelors Degree (1:1) in 2018. During her time at the RNCM, Grace premiered several new pieces as a soloist including two concertos with the Athenean String ensemble and Brand New Orchestra. She has also commissioned several solo works and saxophone quartets. In 2017 she joined the award-winning Abelia Saxophone Quartet. With Abelia, Grace has toured China, Switzerland and the UK.
Since beginning her masters studies at UdK Berlin (with Johannes Ernst), Grace has continued to work with several composers to expand the saxophone repertoire. In particular she is working with a new accordion saxophone duo towards concerts in Germany and the UK in the next year. Grace has also recently performed in several short movie scores.