Principal Trumpet of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra since 2011, and the London Symphony Orchestra since December 2017, David is also a trumpet professor at the Royal College of Music in London, and a member of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) brass Faculty in Melbourne.
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 and Canberra Symphony Orchestras, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Prior to his LSO and SSO appointments, David Elton was Principal Trumpet with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (2005-2011) and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (2000-2004). 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. He is a founding member of the Australian Brass Quintet with whom he regularly tours throughout Australia and beyond.
David has recently given masterclasses in London, Paris, Madrid, Denmark, Sweden, and the USA as well as Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide. A frequent tutor of the Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO), he was also Artist-in-Residence at the 2019 AYO National Music Camp.
David began learning the trumpet at the age of nine, later studying with Paul Goodchild in Sydney. He gained a Bachelor of Music degree from the Queensland Conservatorium (where he studied with Yoram Levy) and was recipient of the Conservatorium Medal. He furthered his studies with Charles Geyer and Barbara Butler, graduating with a master’s degree in performance from Northwestern University, Illinois, USA in 1999.