New Zealand-born Douglas Mackie has been Principal Flute with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra since 1981. Having completed a science degree at the University of Auckland, he was awarded a scholarship to undertake postgraduate study at the Royal College of Music in London, where he was based for four years. Returning to New Zealand, he took up the position of Principal Flute with the Auckland Philharmonia and later crossed the Tasman to join the TSO. He has appeared as a soloist with the TSO on numerous occasions including in the two flute concertos by Mozart, Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp, Khachaturian’s Flute Concerto (a transcription of the Violin Concerto), Ibert’s Flute Concerto and the B-minor Suite by J S Bach. He also recorded the Rodrigo Flute Concerto with the TSO for broadcast on ABC Classic FM. He has appeared with other Australian orchestras including Guest Principal of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. He also toured extensively with the Tasmanian Symphony Chamber Players under the auspices of Musica Viva. For many years he was lecturer in flute at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music where he also completed a Master of Music degree.