Mandarin Nació en Florida, EE.UU., es Licenciado en filología de la Universidad de Carolina del Norte, EE.UU. Empezó sus estudios musicales con Consuelo Colomer y continuó con Michael Zenge y Phyllis Rappeport. En 1986 se trasladó a Barcelona para estudiar con Carlota Garriga en la prestigiosa Academia Marshall, una institución fundada en 1901 por Enrique Granados. A partir de 1991 trabajó con Alicia de Larrocha el repertorio español y clásico.
Mac McClure's repertoire ranges from Bach to Lutoslawski, Messeain and Rzweski. Bach, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann and Ravel are among his favorite composers. Very frequent in his programs is the music of Spanish composers (Albéniz, Falla, Garriga, Montsalvatge, Mompou, Rodrigo, Surinach, Turina). His interpretations of 20th century and contemporary music have been acclaimed by public critics and composers. He has premiered works by Montsalvatge, Mompou, Morera, Arauco and Henze. His repertoire for piano and orchestra includes works by De Aguila, Bolcom, Barber, Bartok, Daughtery, Falla, Garriga, Montsalvatge and Surinach.
Among his more than 40 CD recordings, the world's first recording of the songs of Isaac Albéniz and the coordination of the recording of the complete works of Xavier Montsalvatge's music are worth mentioning. His first solo piano CD was dedicated to the piano transcriptions of Bach's music by Lizst, Saint-Saens and Busoni. The first world recording by Mac McClure of the quintet Op. 49 by Enrique Granados received excellent reviews in Gramaphone (2002) and International Record Review. All these are productions by Columna Música. His last recording was the Robert Gerhard's Melodies with mezzo soprano Nancy Herrera. Together with Albert Moraleda he founded the record label Klassic Cat, which already has 12 titles on the market.
With Editorial Boileau he has published piano music, vocal music, and chamber music by Joaquim Cassado, Joan Comellas, Enric Granados, Isaac Albeniz and Robert Gerhard.
He was director of the first Medellín International Festival and director of the Festival d'Estiu in Sitges. He has organized two weeks of Catalan culture with the EAFIT University and the University of Antioquia and in collaboration with the Bolivar Foundation in Quito, Ecuador.
He performs frequently in Spain and Europe. Thus he made his debut at the Perelada International Festival in an avant garde production by Carlos Santos of Rossini's Barber of Seville. He has performed at the festivals of Camprodon, Torella de Montgri, Girona, Pals, Alicante, Madrid, Granada, Dusseldorf, Munich.
He returns to the United States two or three times a year to give concerts and master classes at universities such as Michagan Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Greenville, Queens College, University of Arizona and at conservatories such as Julliard School of Music. He made his debut in Sydney, Australia in 2013.
Since 2010, he has been associate professor and director of the Master's Degree in Piano Studies at the National University of Colombia. In August 2011, he was appointed director of the National Conservatory of Colombia, a position he held until July 2014. In 2012, the Master's Degree in Symphonic Conducting was founded and he was its director until 2015. In January 2013, he was appointed member of the board of directors of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá.
For the celebration of the Granados years 2016-2017, he gave recitals in Australia (April), in the United States (May), in Hungary and Spain (June), and in Argentina. In 2017, he gave performances in the United States, in Serbia, in Scotland and England, in Ecuador and in China.