Born in Worcestershire, England, Duncan McTier studied a degree in mathematics at Bristol University before joining the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra.
Since winning the the Isle of Man International Double Bass Competition, Duncan McTier has appeared in major festivals and concert halls throughout Europe and Japan. He played as a leading soloist with many orchestras, including the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Chamber Orchestra, , Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, RTVE Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne.Often described in the press as 'The Paganini of the Double Bass.
McTier is the principal professor of double bass at the Royal Academy of Music in London and at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste in Winterthur. Since 2007 Duncan McTier is a professor at the Escuela Riena Sofia in Madrid.
He gives masterclasses all over the world and holds a summer course at the Academie de Musique in Sion, Switzerland. Honours awarded him include Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music and Fellowship of the Royal Northern College of Music.