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David Hetherington

David Hetherington
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  • Faculty, The Taylor Academy



For many years the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s Assistant Principal Cellist, David Hetherington is a founding member of the Amici Chamber Ensemble which presents an annual series of concerts at Mazzoleni Hall in Toronto. With Amici he has recorded twelve discs for Summit Records, Naxos, CBC records and ATMA Classique. Their first CD won a Juno award for Chan Ka Nin’s “Among Friends”. In 2013 Amici won a Juno award for their recording “Levant”, and their most recent recording “Inspired by Canada, Notre Pays” was released in November of 2017.

In addition to the Amici Chamber Ensemble, Mr. Hetherington is also a founding member of the string quartet Accordes, which performs regularly for New Music Concerts, Soundstreams Canada and other contemporary music organizations. In 2001, the Canadian Music Centre, through Centrediscs, released Accordes’ recording of Harry Somers’ String Quartets, for which it received a Juno Award nomination. Accordes has also recorded works by several other Canadian composers such as Norma Beecroft, David Eagle, Harry Freedman, Hope Lee, Alexina Louie and Jean Papineau-Couture.

Mr. Hetherington has appeared on several recordings for the CBC and for Centrediscs with whom he made the Canadian première recording of Talivaldis Kenins’ prize-winning cello sonata. Mr. Hetherington plays a cello made in 1695 by Giovanni Battista Grancino.

David currently teaches cello at the Glenn Gould School, coaches the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and is Music Director of the Interprovincial Music Camp.

You can email Professor Hetherington at: [email protected]