Jesse MacDonald, 2nd violinist of the Apple Hill String Quartet and Co-Artistic director of the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, has participated and placed in festivals and competitions in various regions of the United States. With the AHSQ, Jesse has toured and given masterclasses at Oberlin Conservatory, University of Iowa, UCLA, Ulster University (Northern Ireland), Keene State College and around the East Coast. He is also currently a core violinist of the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra and Palaver Strings (Portland, ME). He has also previously performed at NEC’s Jordan Hall, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), and the Harvard Club (NYC).
Jesse received his Bachelors degree at the New England Conservatory of Music, studying with Masuko Ushioda and Joanna Kurkowicz, and was awarded the Rachmael Weinstock Scholarship for Violin and Hugo Kortschak Award for Chamber Music while graduating with a Masters degree studying with Mark Steinberg at the Manhattan School of Music.