Hailed as “outstanding” by Nonclassical, London-based Canadian saxophonist David Zucchi enjoys a varied career as a performer of classical, contemporary, experimental, and jazz music, collaborating regularly across the UK, Europe, and Canada. Recent appearances as a soloist and chamber musician include the Purcell Room, St. John’s Smith Square, Cadogan Hall, the Glenn Gould Studio, and the Canadian High Commission in London.
With a keen interest in the performance of contemporary and experimental music, David has commissioned and premiered many works by emerging composers. He works with Syzygy, Ensemble x.y, the London Composers Platform, and Echoshed. Dedicated to the promotion of contemporary Canadian music abroad, David recently curated “True North Sounds: A Canadian Music Celebration” with the Royal Overseas League; the event featured the UK premieres of a number of contemporary Canadian works.
He has given workshops and masterclasses in the UK and Canada, most recently at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where he lectured on the performance and practice of contemporary music.
David is the winner of numerous scholarships and awards, including the David and Marcia Beach Summer Study Award, the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto Scholarship, the William and Phyllis Waters Graduating Award from the University of Toronto, the Royal College of Music’s Woodwind Ensemble Prize, and was the first saxophonist to be awarded the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Award (2016).
David was born in London, U.K., and grew up in Toronto, Canada. He is graduate of the Royal College of Music’s Master’s and Artist Diploma program, where he studied with Kyle Horch and Martin Robertson (jazz) as an Edward and Helen Hague Scholar. Previously, David attended the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, where he studied saxophone with Wallace Halladay and composition with Alexander Rapoport. Upon graduating, he was awarded the William and Phyllis Waters Graduating Award, one of the Faculty’s top graduating prizes. David has attended the Universitée Européenne de Saxophone in Gap, France with the support of a David and Marcia Beach Summer Study Award and was selected to participate in the 2016 London Sinfonietta Academy.