Described as a “mind-blowing” musician of “huge physical energy” (Times Colonist), flutist Mark Takeshi McGregor is a soloist, chamber musician, and improvisor based on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh People — also known as Vancouver, Canada. As the principal flutist of Aventa Ensemble, Sound of Dragon, and Vancouver Intercultural Orchestra, Mark has performed extensively across five continents. Recent engagements include Innovations en Concert (Montreal), Ding Yi Chinese Chamber Music Festival (Singapore), Museo Leonora Carrington (San Luis Potosí, Mexico), Powell Street Festival (Vancouver), Melos-Ethos International Festival of Contemporary Music (Bratislava), GroundSwell (Winnipeg), Núcleo Música Nova International Symposium of New Music (Curitiba, Brazil), and the ISCM World New Music Days in Vancouver.
McGregor has performed as concerto soloist with the Victoria Symphony, Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra (Taiwan), Vancouver Intercultural Orchestra, and Aventa Ensemble, and has worked with some of the world’s leading composers, including Michael Finnissy, Heiner Goebbels, Philippe Leroux, Nicole Lizée, Natalia Solomonoff, Simon Steen-Andersen, Gilles Tremblay, Barry Truax, and Rolf Wallin. Mark is particularly passionate about expanding the Canadian flute repertoire, and has worked with a wide array of Canadian composers, resulting in new works for solo flute, chamber music, and concertos. In 2021 McGregor was honoured with the Friends of Canadian Music Award, which recognizes exceptional commitment, on a national scale, to Canadian composers and their music.
A prolific recording artist, Mark Takeshi McGregor has appeared on the Centrediscs and Redshift record labels; in 2020 Mark was the winner of the Western Canadian Music Award “Classical Artist/Ensemble of the Year” for his album, Lutalica, which features the solo flute music of Pacific Rim composers. Dr. McGregor teaches at Vancouver Community College, the Vancouver Academy of Music, and the VSO School of Music. In addition to his career as a musician, Mark likes to paint and draw, sip rosé, and tell slightly exaggerated stories, like a true Sagittarius.