He has performed at important international festivals. He often plays in chamber music groups, and has guested with the Juilliard, American, Fine Arts, and Orlando String Quartets. He is in great demand as a recital accompanist for pianists and is a frequent partner with Isaac Stern
, and often performs with Young Uck Kim, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
, and Elmar Oliveira
. His compact discs have been released on the Bridge, Vox Cum Laude, Musical Heritage, Stradivari, and CRI labels.
McDonald is on the piano faculty of Oberlin Conservatory of Music and is director of the keyboard program of the Taos, NM, School of Music and Chamber Music Festival.