from Toronto, Ontario,
who began playing at thirteen years of age and was a member of several
groups, including the Burlington Teen Tour Band, which was a staple in
parades throughout Canada
and the U.S. He attended McGill
University, Northwestern University,
and Queen’s University, and graduated with a Doctorate in Music.
In 1973, he
participated in the first-ever International Tuba Euphonium Symposium.
He and pianist
Allison Gagnon performed Oscar Morawetz’s “Sonata
for Tuba and Piano” at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario,
on 31st March 1990.
In June 1995,
he was one of 750-plus tubists who descended upon
Evanston, Indiana, for an airing of Ammon Wolman’s “Right Turn Must Turn Right
for Many Tubas” at the International Tuba-Euphonium Conference.
He and Richard
Hornsby and Richard Raymond interpreted Alasdair MacLean’s “Trio
for Clarinet, Tuba and Piano” in 1998.
June 2000, he premiered John Cheetham’s “Sonata
for Tuba and Piano” as part of the International Tuba and Euphonium
Conference at the Riddell University Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan.
He returned to
for a solo turn at Regenstein Recital Hall on 5th June 2002 in a
program that comprised Steve Frank’s “Variations on Barnacle
Bill”, Edward Gregson’s “Alarum
for Solo Tuba”, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Andante”, Corrado Maria Saglietti’s
“Concertissimo”, Daniel Schyder’s “Sonata for Bass Trombone/Tuba”,
and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Concerto”.
In 2003, he
became the solo tubist of the Netherlands Radio
Chamber Philharmonic and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. Other groups with whom he has
performed include the Amsterdam Tuba Quartet, the Holland Symphonia, the Holland Wind Players, the National Arts
Centre Orchestra, the NedPhO Koperkwintet,
the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Schoenberg Ensemble, the Saint Louis
Symphony Orchestra, and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
October 2005, he was the featured soloist in the Holland Wind Players’
recital at the Blazersfestival that included
music by Jean Francaix and Felix
He and fellow tubist Perry Hoogendijk and
percussionist Barry Jurjus appeared in the Sweelinckzaal at the Amsterdam Conservatory for a concert
that consisted of Konrad Koselleck’s
Tuba and Percussion”, William Kraft’s “Encounters”,
William Penn’s “Capriccio for Tuba and Marimba”, Jim Self’s
“Duh”, and Scott Wyatt’s “Three for One” on
27th January 2006.
In 2006, he
participated in the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, a series of concerts
that featured John Cheetham’s “Heroes”
and “Sonata for Tuba”, Elizabeth Raum’s
“Requiem for a Wounded Knee”, Jim
Self’s “Contra-Dictions”, Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Adagio
from A Limpid Stream”, and Roland Szentpali’s
“Tuba Buffo, Ballade”.
He helped the
Burlington Teen Tour Band celebrate its 60th anniversary in the
spring of 2007 with a concert at Hamilton
Place in Hamilton,
Ontario, that ranged from
Dixieland to Vittorio Monti’s
April 2007, he gave a master class at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music in Clara Lichtenstein Hall and
gave a recital of John Cheetham’s “Sonata”,
Henry Eccles’s “Sonata”, Andy Emler’s
“Tubastone No. 1”, Corrado Maria Saglietti’s
“Concertissimo”, and Roland Szentpali’s “Allegro con Fuoco”.
Ensemble haunted Hamer Hall at the 2008 Melbourne
Festival in a pair of concerts:
One shone the spotlight on John Adams’ “Chamber Symphony”,
Louis Andriessen’s “Zilver”, Mauricio Kagel’s
“Divertimento”, and Arnold Schoenberg “Kammersymphonie, Op. 9”; The other, with soprano
Barbara Hannigan, featured Gyorgy
and “Mysteries of the Macabre”, Jan van de Putte’s
“Uma So Divina Linha”, and Michael Smetanin’s
January 2009, the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic presented Ludwig
van Beethoven’s “Pianoconcert nr. 4
in G opus 58”, with Ronald Brautigam at the
keys, Christoph Willibald von Gluck’s
ballet suite from Orphee et Eurydice, Wim
d’Orfeo”, and Franz Liszt’s Orpheus.
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra teamed up with soprano Orla Boylan and baritone
Peter Coleman-Wright on 25th April 2009 for Frederick Delius’s
“Idyll”, Gustav Mahler’s “Ruckert-Lieder”,
Carl Nielsen’s “Derde symfonie, opus 27” (“Sinfonia
Espansiva”) and Jean Sibelius’s “De
bard, opus 64”. On 22nd
May 2009, they performed Leonard Bernstein’s symphonic dances from
West Side Story, George Gershwin’s ”Cuban Overture”,
Charles Ives’ “Three Places in New England”, and Marijn Simons’ “Visiting the Angels, opus
25”, with trombonist Christian Lindberg.
Fernando Dissenha, Luiz
Garcia and Wagner Polistchuk performed Oswaldo Lacerda’s “Fantasia
e Rondo” at the Festival Internacional de Inverno de Campos do Jordao in
on 15th July 2009.
August 2010, the Amsterdam Tuba Quartet, which is rounded out by Frans-Aert Burghgraef, Perry Hoogendijk and Gerd Wensink, interpreted works by Anton Bruckner, Jorge
Gomez Crespo, Duke Ellington, Gustav Holst, and Jean Sibelius at the Grachtenfestival
The NedPhO Koperkwintet dropped
in at the Amsterdam Sofitel Hotel the Grand for
the Wallenfestival on 12th September
2010 for a wide-ranging repertoire of music by The Beatles, William Boyce, Paquito D’Rivera, Eric Ewazen, Michael Kamen, and
David was one
of the featured soloists, along with actor Bert Luppes,
on 19th September 2010, as the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic
Orchestra offered up one for the kid in all of us: George Kleinsinger’s
Tubby the Tuba, Sergei Prokofiev’s
Peter and the Wolf, and Ralph
Vaughan Williams’ The Wasps.
November 2010, the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic presented Pascal Dusapin’s Faustus,
the Last Night, with John Hancock as Faustus, Stephen West as
Mephistopheles, Jaco Huijpen
as Togod, Adam Klein as Sly, and Heather Buck as
David, Frank Braafhart, Fokke van Heel, Harrie de Lange and Auke van der Merk paid tribute to the
Canadian Brass at the Metrostation Weesperplein on 21st November 2010.
In the field
of musical education, he has taught at Northwestern
University, the University of Missouri-Columbia,
the University of New Brunswick, and the University of Prince
Edward Island. His students have included Michael
Parker, Ries Schellekens,
and Louis Yeo Pai Tiong.
He appears on
the 2010 compact disc, Vivid Sound x
Hybrid Colors: Sonic Colors