About Kathleen McLean

Kathleen McLean - Bassoonist and Pedagogue HeadshotKathleen McLean is a sought-after chamber and orchestral musician, recitalist, and teacher. Internationally recognized, McLean was the associate principal bassoon of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra from 1992 to 2013. Since 2001, she has toured extensively with the prestigious World Orchestra for Peace under the baton of Valery Gergiev.

McLean’s former orchestral appointments include principal bassoon of the Canadian Opera Company and guest principal bassoon with the London Symphony Orchestra (UK) and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, as well as with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. McLean has participated in many chamber music festivals, including the Evian International Festival, Vancouver Chamber Music Festival, Scotia Festival, and the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival. She is also a member of the International Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico.

She was appointed to the faculty of the University of Toronto in 1989, became a faculty member at the Royal Conservatory of Music and the Glenn Gould Professional School in 2002, and began as a bassoon instructor with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in 2009.

She performs frequently with New Music Concerts, Amici Ensemble, Octagon Chamber Ensemble and is a founding member of the Caliban Quartet, Toronto Wind Quintet, Canadian Winds.

Orchestral Career

World Orchestra for Peace
Co-Principal Bassoon
2000 – present

Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Associate Principal Bassoon
1992 – 2013

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Guest Principal Bassoon
Performances in 2014 & 2015

London Symphony Orchestra
Guest Principal Bassoon

Canadian Opera Company
Principal Bassoon
1989 – 1992

Select Solo and Chamber Performances

Toronto Wind Quintet
1992 – present
with Douglas Stewart, flute; Clare Scholtz, oboe; Stephen Pierre, clarinet; and Harcus Hennigar, horn

International Double Reed Society Conference
Solo Recital
July 2010
Works by Bernaud, Meijering, Lussier, Johnsen, Mignone

Indiana University
Faculty-Student Side by Side Recital
March 2010
Mozart Serenade in C minor

ChamberWorks Music Ensemble
May 2009
Beethoven Septet

Oberlin Conservatory
Guest Recital
January 2009
with Ben Kamins and Sue Heineman