About Me

Why hello there. Welcome to my site!

Here's a bit about me... in third person. 

Molly MacKinnon is a violinist and collaborative artist based on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish people. Fortunate to grow up in the thriving arts community of Nelson BC, Molly studied with former Vancouver Opera Orchestra and CBC Radio Orchestra violinist Wendy Herbison before moving to the coast in 2008 for the Bachelor of Music Performance program at the University of British Columbia, where she studied with Jasper Wood and Dale Barltrop.


Since completing her degree in 2012, Molly has developed a strong passion for theatre and interdisciplinary work. She has been featured in a number of productions including The Idiot (Neworld Theatre/VMT), STATIONARY: A Recession-Era Musical (Delinquent Theatre), The Tempest (Bard on the Beach), The Night’s Mare (Caravan Farm Theatre), Les Filles Du Roi (Urban Ink), Double Happiness (Music on Main), and most recently, a digital run of Good Things To Do (Rumble Theatre).


Along with playwright Christine Quintana, Molly is the creator of Never The Last, a genre-bending theatre/concert piece based around the life and work of 20th century Canadian composer and violinist Sophie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatté. The show recently received 5 Jessie Richardson Theatre award nominations, and won in the Special Achievement Award category for outstanding interdisciplinary collaboration.

Molly has worked as a performer, music director, producer and creator for The Little Chamber Music Series That Could, an innovative music series with a focus on multi-arts pollination, community engagement and local history. She is the co-creator of Sounding the Sophia, a concert centred around the sinking of the 1918 SS Princess Sophia. The show featured 3 world premiers by local Vancouver composers Kathleen Allan, Mishelle Cuttler, and Nancy Tam, was developed at the Banff Centre for the Arts.

Molly’s extensive orchestral experience includes playing with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Island Symphony, the Plastic Acid Orchestra, the Vancouver Film Orchestra, and the Allegra Chamber Orchestra, an all-female ensemble dedicated to celebrating women composers and performers.

Molly is a member of the Black Dog String Quartet, who in 2018 were ensemble in residence for Vancouver New Music's international quartet festival, Quartetti. The group was honoured to perform in the company of renowned groups such the JACK, Penderecki, and Mivos quartets, and to play two works by Navajo/US composer Raven Chacon.

Molly is the co-founder of Concerts on Tap, a music series that brings together classical music performance and local craft breweries and distilleries.