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David Pell

David Pell
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  • Faculty, Oscar Peterson School of Music
  • Faculty, The Glenn Gould School
  • Bass Trombone, National Ballet of Canada Orchestra


Theory & History


Classical, New Music, Orchestra

David Pell has been Bass Trombonist of the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra since 2006, Principal Trombonist of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra since 2002. He has also been a member of the Winnipeg Symphony, Orchestra London Canada, the Victoria Symphony and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Touring Orchestra.  He is a member of Toronto’s Esprit Orchestra and performs regularly on trombone, bass trumpet and euphonium with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company and New Music Concerts. He has also performed with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and the Thunder Bay Symphony, with the Stockholm Chamber Brass and the True North Brass.

In 2015 David was honoured to join the Canadian National Brass Project comprised of principal players of Canada’s best orchestras under the Artistic Direction of James Sommerville. As part of the CNBP he played, taught and presented a masterclass at the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. He has taught for many years and is an instructor at the University of Toronto.

David appears on the Canadian Brass recording, Brahms on Brass, playing Euphonium on the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s recording of Holst’s The Planets, Bass Trumpet on the TSO’s recording of the Rite Of Spring and has begun a new relationship with NAXOS recording Canadian music for brass. He was Bass Trumpet soloist in the Canadian Opera Company’s acclaimed Ring Cycle and has played on many jingles and soundtracks.

David is Artistic Director of the renowned Hannaford Street Silver Band and co-founder of the ArtFarm, a multi-media based amorphous chamber ensemble dedicated to performing new works and conventional music in unconventional settings. He has shared stage and recording studio with musicians such as Herbie Hancock, Supertramp’s Roger Hodgeson, Broken Social Scene, Owen Pallet (Final Fantasy), Michael Bolton, Sheena Easton, David Foster, Holly Cole, Kenny G and Dudley Moore and has played and toured North America with productions of Wicked, Les Miserables, Showboat, Ragtime, Chicago, Urinetown, Phantom of the Opera, Annie Get Your Gun, My Fair Lady, Cats and Evita.