Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Donnie Deacon studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music. He continued his studies at the Yehudi Menuhin School in London under the tutelage of Natasha Boyarskaya and Lord Menuhin. He finished his schooling at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with Jaime Laredo and Ida Kavafian.
Mr. Deacon has performed all over the world with such distinguished orchestras as the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, BT Scottish Ensemble, London Soloists, Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, Pablo de Sarasate Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the Curtis Institute of Music. He became principal second violin with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in 2001, the youngest player to do so in the history of the Orchestra. He has also been guest Concertmaster of both the Vancouver Symphony and The National Arts Centre Orchestra.
As an advocate for Canadian music, he has given the world premiere of Gary Kulesha's 2nd violin concerto and William Rowson's violin concerto.
Mr Deacon was named Resident Artist in the Community for the National Arts Centre in 2016 which sees him teaching and conducting all over Ottawa.
Mr Deacon is currently also the Music Director of the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra as well as the conductor of the Ottawa Youth Orchestra.