Since his first gig at age 16, Glyn has performed in Canada, England, Rome, Scotland and Wales and throughout Australia.
In 1997 he completed a degree in Classical Trombone at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) but his passion for jazz still burned and he went on to complete a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Piano at WAAPA. In March of 2001 Glyn travelled to Vancouver Canada where he performed at the Vancouver Jazz Festival and was chosen as artist of the month by CBC radio who featured Glyns music. He also recorded three albums including one with his own trio Live @The Cellar: Glyn MacDonald Trio.
Glyn has performed with James Morrison, Andy Firth, Rufus Reid, Tom Burlinson, Terrel Stafford and with many of Perth’s top Jazz performers including Libby Hammer, Bronwynn Sprogowski, Jamie Ohlers, Matt Jodrel and Carl Mackey. Glyn has also performed in Perth bands such as the ‘Perth Jazz Orchestra’, the ‘WASO Big Band’, ‘Backlash’, ‘Manteca’, ‘Hip Mo Toast’, ‘Salamander’ and 2013 Fringe award winners Stratosfunk.
He has recorded many albums in Perth including Backlash’s ‘Into the Rubble’, which featured three of his original tunes and ‘The Australian Songbook’ with the Hip Mo Toast Big Band. Glyn has also recorded two albums of all original material ‘Self Titled 2004’ and ‘Birth 2009’. Both albums have received rave reviews, airplay and distribution in Japan.
In 2006 Glyn was invited to join the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts to join the Jazz and Contemporary faculties. He also travelled to Rome with Salamander to perform at the Villa Cillemontana Jazz Festival. In 2009 the Glyn MacDonald Group was invited to perform at the Brisbane Valley Jazz Festival and was featured in the end of festival party. In 2011 the ‘Glyn MacDonald Group’ featuring Matthew Styles (saxophone) recorded a live album in partnership with ABC Jazz and performed at the Beijing International Jazz Festival performing two shows to sell out crowds. Glyn’s trio was also chosen to perform at the State Reception at Government House for the visit of Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh. In 2012 Glyn toured Thailand performing in the Bangkok and Samui Jazz Festivals with European group the Cathrine Legardh Group.
Glyn currently teaches at Carey Baptist College as a jazz specialist and at WAAPA in the Jazz and Contemporary courses lecturing and teaching jazz and contemporary piano students. 2013 has seen Glyn record a live album at the Ellington and concerts with UK saxophonist Andy Scott as well as a sold out show at the Regal Theatre for Stratosfunks Soul Train show.