David Elton is Principal Trumpet with the Sydney Symphony. Prior to this appointment, David held principal trumpet positions with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. He has performed as a guest principal with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Melbourne Symphony, the Singapore Symphony, and the Queensland Orchestra. As a chamber musician, David has toured Germany with WorldBrass and is a founding member of the Australian Brass Quintet.
David is sought after as a soloist and recitalist. Solo performances include Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto with both the ASO and WASO, and the world premiere of James Ledger’s Trumpet Concerto, written especially for him, with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. He was a featured soloist at the 2010 International Trumpet Guild conference, as well as the Melbourne International Festival of Brass. During 2011, David performed the Richard Mills Trumpet Concerto with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gilbert Varga, and the James Ledger Trumpet Concerto with the Australian National Academy of Music Orchestra under the baton of Sebastian Lang-Lessing.
Raised in Sydney, David studied with Paul Goodchild. He holds a Bachelor of Music from the Queensland Conservatorium where he studied with Yoram Levy, and a Master of Music from Northwestern University (USA) where he studied with Charles Geyer. In 1998 David was awarded first prize in the International Trumpet Guild's Solo Competition held in Kentucky USA. In 2000 and 2001 he was a fellow of the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo Japan.
David is committed to teaching and was formerly Head of Brass at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts before returning to Sydney. He served as a guest teacher at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore during 2011, and is currently Head of Trumpet at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in Melbourne. He was the trumpet tutor at the Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Camp in 2008, 2009 and 2013.
When not playing trumpet, David enjoys windsurfing and distance running. David has only ever played one game of golf and plans to keep it that way.
“Principal trumpet David Elton soars magnificently” American Record Guide