Currently Principal Trumpet of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, David Elton's performance career has seen him hold positions with many of Australia’s and the world’s leading orchestras, most recently as Principal Trumpet with the London Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed as guest Principal Trumpet with orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Australian World Orchestra, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic.
As an educator, David has served on the faculties of many of Australia’s tertiary institutions and the Royal College of Music in London, where he is a visiting professor of trumpet. He is currently on the the faculties of both the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne, and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
An enthusiastic mentor of young musicians, David regularly appears as a guest at workshops for community groups and youth orchestras. As an active soloist, David is in demand having performed concerti with a variety of ensembles including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Canberra Symphony Orchestra. Active as a chamber musician, he has joined other musicians performing at festivals including the Bendigo Chamber Music Festival and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville.
David is a Yamaha artist.