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 notable appearances include Cadogan Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, the Royal Festival Hall, the Glenn Gould Studio, the National Portrait Gallery, the Festival Pontiac Enchanté, and the Canadian High Commission in London.
With a keen interest in the performance of contemporary music, he has commissioned and premiered many works by emerging composers, and was selected to participate in the 2016 London Sinfonietta Academy. He worked closely with Canadian composer and songwriter Ross Koopmans on the staging of his multimedia work Braedalyn, which opened the Royal College of Music’s Great Exhibitionist series in March of 2016. David also performs with the London-based new music groups Echoshed, Syzygy, and La Tache Ensemble. 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. An active chamber musician, he recently joined the Abelia Saxophone Ensemble for a tour of Switzerland, and was awarded the Royal College of Music’s Woodwind Ensemble Prize (2016) with the Ono Saxophone Quartet.
Committed to education and outreach in all its forms, David has performed at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital, and the Claremont Centre. 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 (2012, 2013), the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto Scholarship (2013), the William and Phyllis Waters Graduating Award from the University of Toronto (2014), 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 is a recent graduate of the Royal College of Music’s 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 participated in master classes with renowned soloists Arno Bornkamp, Timothy McAllister, and Marcus Weiss, and has attended the Universitée Européenne de Saxophone in Gap, France with the support of a David and Marcia Beach Summer Study Award.