Biography

David Elton

David Elton trumpet

Principal Trumpet of the London Symphony Orchestra since December 2017 and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra since 2011, David Elton is recognised as one of the world’s most sought-after trumpeters. David is also a trumpet professor at the Royal College of Music in London, and a member of the ANAM brass faculty.

As a soloist, David has performed Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in Vietnam, with the London Symphony Orchestra, given the world-premiere of James Ledger’s Trumpet Concerto, (a work that was written for him) with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, as well as performing other concerti with various orchestras including the Sydney Symphony and Australian Chamber and Canberra Symphony Orchestras.

Prior to his LSO and SSO appointments, David Elton was Principal Trumpet with the West Australian (2005-2011) and Adelaide (2000-2004) Symphony Orchestras.  He has also performed as a Guest Principal Trumpet with the New York Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Australian World Orchestra and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. David is an active chamber musician, most recently giving the world premiere of David Sampson’s Memories to Keep Awhile at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, and as a founding member of the Australian Brass Quintet with whom he regularly tours throughout Australia and beyond.

David began learning the trumpet at the age of nine, later studying with Paul Goodchild in Sydney.  He gained Bachelor of Music degree from the Queensland Conservatorium (where he studied with Yoram Levy) and was recipient of the Conservatorium Medal. He further continued his studies with Charles Geyer and Barbara Butler with a master’s degree in performance from Northwestern University, Illinois, USA.

David has recently given masterclasses at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Music, London, in Aarhus, Denmark, Madrid and Mallorca, Spain and the Paris Regionale de Paris.  A frequent tutor of the Australian Youth Orchestra, he was also Artist in Residence and the 2019 AYO National Music Camp.

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