Grantley McDonald was born in Melbourne in 1974, and received his first choral experience as a boy at St Paul's cathedral. He later sang in a number of college choirs at the University of Melbourne, including the Choir of Ormond College, under the direction of Douglas Lawrence. He has performed in many countries (Australia, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, France, Britain) as an ensemble singer, soloist and conductor. He attended university in Melbourne and Berlin, and in 1997 studied ensemble singing under the instruction of the Hilliard Ensemble in the England. His repertoire ranges from chant and medieval polyphony, Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Mendelssohn to recently commissioned works. He maintains a steady research programme in Renaissance music, and in 2002 was awarded his PhD on the musical aesthetics of the fifteenth-century philosopher Marsilio Ficino. He was for some years choir-master at Queen's College, University of Melbourne, and is currently director of music at St Peter's, Melbourne.