Raised in Lanark, Nova Scotia, Troy MacGillivray’s musical prowess can be attributed to an especially rare combination of commitment and bloodline. By the age of six, Troy was impressing audiences with his step dancing skills. By 13, he was teaching piano at the renowned Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts in St. Anne’s, Cape Breton. He has completed grade seven of the Toronto Conservatory of Music for classical piano, has spent four years in a string orchestra, and has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in music from St. Francis Xavier University.
From repeat appearances at Scotland’s Celtic Connections Festival and a tour in British Columbia to appearing at the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddler Championships and promotional tours in Toronto, Ottawa, Boston, and Chicago, Troy has earned the admiration of audiences around the world with his incredible array of talent.
MacGillivray comes from an impressive bloodline. The Lanark MacGillivrays and MacDonalds have been proprietors of the Gaelic tradition in North Eastern Nova Scotia for generations. Troy displays a unique sense of pride and commitment to his Celtic heritage and his music continues to add to the history and development of traditional music that is the epitome of the Maritimes, the place he calls home.