Born in Dundee in 1987, Duncan grew up in Lochaber, in the west highlands of Scotland, where he began learning cello with Audrey Scott at the age of 4. Duncan then went to St Mary's Music School in Edinburgh, learning with Pat Hair. He subsequently read music at St Catherine's College, Oxford where he was a Leask Music Scholar and an Academic Scholar. He studied cello with Colin Carr, before continuing his studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with Robert Irvine.
Duncan was a recipient of the WCOM Busenhart-Morgan Evans Award, and a Waddell Prize from the Edinburgh Society of Musicians. He made his debut at St John's, Smith Square in London in 2012 and has since gone on to perform as a soloist across the UK, performing concertos by Haydn, Schumann, Elgar and numerous new commissions for cello and orchestra.
As a chamber musician Duncan has worked with a wide range of ensembles prominent figures including Fidelio Trio, Red Note, Florin Trio, Lana Trotovsek, Ilya Gringolts, David Watkin and Benjamin Grosvenor. He has also worked with composers including Tom David Wilson, Simon Smith, Anna Meredith, Stuart MacRae, Rory Boyle, Michael Finnissy and many more to perform new works for cello.
"A SUBTLETY AND MATURITY OF INTERPRETATION THAT BELIES THEIR YOUTH"