Mark McGregor, DMA, is presently the principal flute of Victoria’s Aventa Ensemble, the Ottawa-based Ensemble 1534, and a founding member of Vancouver’s Tiresias Duo with pianist Rachel Iwaasa. Dr. McGregor has also performed as a member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and as guest principal flute of the Victoria Symphony and Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician across North America, Europe, Australia, and Israel, with notable appearances at Festival Montréal-Nouvelles Musique, Music Gallery (Toronto), Vancouver New Music Festival, New Works Calgary, Athelas New Music Festival (Copenhagen), and the Internationale A•DEvantgarde-Festival (Munich).
An outspoken advocate of new music, Mark has given the premiere performances of numerous works, many written especially for him, including Anna Höstman’s flute concerto Trace the Gold Sun with the Victoria Symphony, Turmalin for solo flute by the Danish composer Anders Nordentoft, and two new works, Mercy & Mankind and Sesto Libro di Gesualdo, by the acclaimed British composer Michael Finnissy. In 2010/11 he presented new flute concertos with the Aventa Ensemble by Piotr Grella-Mozejko (for Aventa’s national tour to Montreal, Toronto and Edmonton) and James Beckwith Maxwell.
Mark McGregor’s discography includes Delicate Fires with Tiresias, which features commissioned works by Canadian composers Jocelyn Morlock, Rodney Sharman, and Jennifer Butler, and was nominated for a 2008 Western Canadian Music Award. In 2009, Mark released his first solo disc, Different Stones. This CD was released on the Redshift Records label, and was the recipient of generous funding from the Canada Council for the Arts. Different Stones was nominated for “Classical Recording of the Year” at the 2010 Western Canadian Music Awards. In 2013 he released Trade Winds with Tiresias, a double album showcasing new and recent works by Canadian and Japanese composers.
A dedicated educator, Dr. McGregor has served on faculty at the UBC Summer Music Institute and the Western Canadian Amateur Musicians Society Summer Camp, and as an instructor of Baroque Performance Practice at the University of British Columbia. His own tuition includes studies with Samuel Baron, Denis Bluteau, Camille Churchfield, Margaret Crawford, Paul M. Douglas, Aurele Nicolet, and Kathleen Rudolph, as well as Baroque studies with Lisa Beznosiuk, Sonja Boon, and Wilbert Hazelzet. He holds a Concours de Musique from the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, a Master of Music degree from the University of Sydney (Australia), and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of British Columbia.