Malcolm Proud was born in Dublin. After graduating from Trinity College, Dublin with a B.Mus. he was awarded a Danish government scholarship to study at the Conservatoire in Copenhagen. In 1980 he was a finalist of the Bruges International Harpsicord Competition. Following that success, he studied with Gustaf Leonardt and was awarded his performers diploma by the Sweelinck Conservatorium, Amsterdam.
In 1982 he won first prize at the Edinburgh International Harpsicord Competition. Since then he has performed throughout Ireland, Britain, Continental Europe and North America. Apart from his busy schedule performing with ensembles such as the Chandos Baroque Players, Trio Virtuoso etc, he has also given solo recitals in Dublin, Amsterdam, Brussells, London, Manchester, Paris, Ghent, Antwerp, Edinburgh, Bremen, and Cologne.
Malcolm is a lecturer on the B.A. Degree course in music at Waterford Institute of Technology.
His CD recordings include Bach's 5th Brandenburg Concerto with Orchestra of The Age of Enlightenment (Virgin), harpsicord music by Bach, Byrd, Froberger, and Couperin (Claddagh), Handel Cantatas with soprano Julianne Baird (Meridan) and Bach Sonatas with the American Viola de Gamba player John Dornenburg (Meridian). His recording of the music of Hasse with Julianne Baird and Nancy Hadden (CRD), was short-listed for a Gramaphone Magazine Award in 1995. He also recorded Purcell's harpsicord music (Meridian) and Bach's violin and harpsicord sonatas with Maya Homburger (Maya).