David Elton joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as Principal Trumpet in 2012, having previously held the same position with the West Australian and Adelaide symphony orchestras. He has performed as a guest principal with the London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO), and Hong Kong Philharmonic. As a chamber musician, David has toured Germany with the Mahler Chamber Brass and WorldBrass, and appeared at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville. He is a founding member of the Australian Brass Quintet, which tours nationally and internationally. David was also a first prizewinner at the International Trumpet Guild’s Solo Competition held in the USA.
David has performed as soloist with orchestras around Australia, including the world premiere, with West Australian Symphony Orchestra, of James Ledger’s Trumpet Concerto, a work written specially for him. David toured nationally with the ACO and pianist Stephen Osborne performing the Shostakovich Concerto for Piano and Trumpet. He has been a featured artist at the Sydney International Brass Festival. David is a member of the Australian World Orchestra and has toured as a guest artist with the Seraphim Trio. He also regularly records for film and television soundtracks.
David’s teachers have included Paul Goodchild and Yoram Levy in Australia, and internationally, Charles Geyer at Northwestern University in the USA. David is himself committed to teaching and is currently a member of the Australian National Academy of Music brass faculty. Formerly Head of Brass at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, he was also a guest faculty member at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore. David has offered masterclasses throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and the USA, and has tutored at several Australian Youth Orchestra National Music Camps.