London-based Canadian saxophonist David Zucchi enjoys a varied career as a performer of classical, contemporary, experimental, and improvised 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, London Contemporary Music Festival, Sounds Like This! Festival (Leeds), Verbier Festival (Switzerland), Vale de Cambra Music Festival (Portugal), 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 premiered and been the dedicatee of many works by emerging and established composers, including Alex Paxton, Adam Sherkin, Brian Elias, Caroline Bordignon, Michael Hughes, and Piyawat Louillarpprasert. He collaborates regularly with Syzygy, Ensemble x.y, the Kumori Saxophone Quartet, Alex Paxton’s Dream Musics (“The most joyous sound I’ve heard in ages” – New York Times), Wynton Guess, Ross K, and Echoshed. He has been featured by Nonclassical, Array Music, the Composers Platform, Daylight Music (Union Chapel) and the Royal Overseas League, and he features on recordings from NMC and Birmingham Record Company.
He has given workshops and masterclasses in the UK and Canada, most recently at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where he lectured on the performance and practice of contemporary music.
David was born in London, U.K., and grew up in Toronto, Canada. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Music’s Master’s and Artist Diploma program, where he studied with Kyle Horch 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, the Faculty’s top graduating prize. David has attended the Universitée Européenne de Saxophone in Gap, France and was selected to participate in the London Sinfonietta Academy.
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.