Artist's BiographyDavid Martin is one of Canadaâ€™s most multi-faceted musicians. An accomplished arranger, conductor, trombonist and teacher, he is an important member of the MontrÃ©al music scene.
One year after completing a Masterâ€™s in performance at Northwestern University at the age of 22, David played a season as first trombone with Montreal Symphony, and was featured on the recordings of â€œSymphonie Fantastiqueâ€ and â€œThe Rite of Springâ€ among others. In 1986, he moved to Orchestra London Canada as principal trombone and resident conductor. As a guest, David has conducted orchestras all over Canada in his own pops programs, and those of other artists.
As an arranger he written for the Montreal Symphony, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Orchestra London Canada and many more. He has also written for many of Quebecâ€™s major singing stars, Robert Charlebois, Isabelle Boulay, Sylvain Cossette, Lara Fabian among others. His latest project was the â€œNoÃ«l 2012â€ Album for QuÃ©becâ€™s â€œStar AcadÃ©mieâ€. He is currently writing orchestra and choir arrangements for a very well-known Quebec songstressâ€™ concert this June in Laval, Quebec.
David is a former member of the renowned Quintette de cuives de MontrÃ©al. More recently he was the trombonist on two of the Canadian Brassâ€™ recent CDs: Stars and Stripes and Spirit Dance. He also enjoys playing jazz and is a member of the trombone-jazz group â€œTrombone Actionâ€.
This year, he was appointed Associate Professor and head of Brass at the UniversitÃ© de MontrÃ©al, where he is the trombone teacher and director of â€œLes Grand Vents de MontrÃ©alâ€, the universityâ€™s wind ensemble. Since 1997, he has been a trombone teacher and director of the trombone choir at McGill University. David is the founding music director of the Griffon Brass Band, whose first recording will be released in early 2013.
He is married to OSM trombonist, Vivian Lee. Their two children are both in the arts as well: Erica, a mezzo-soprano and Travis, an actor and video game designer.