photo Michael Burke

photo Michael Burke

David Washburn

principal trumpet

David Washburn is a Yamaha Performing Artist and is the principal trumpet of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. A much sought-after musician in Los Angeles, he also holds the position of associate principal trumpet of the LA Opera orchestra and principal trumpet with the California Philharmonic. He has served as principal trumpet and soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

Active in the recording studios, David has numerous motion picture soundtracks to his credit. He played principal trumpet for The Karate Kid, Avatar, The Legend of Zorro, Troy, A Beautiful Mind, Windtalkers, A Perfect Storm, Titanic and Deep Impact. You can also hear David on the soundtrack for the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.

Currently, David is a member of the faculty at Chapman and Biola universities, UC Irvine and CSU University Long Beach. He has held teaching positions at CSU Northridge, Redlands University, Idyllwild School of the Performing Arts and the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts.

He received his Masters of Music, with distinction, from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and his Bachelor of Music from USC’s Thornton Music School. His trumpet instructors have included Rob Roy McGregor, Robert Nagel, John Clyman and Joan LaRue.

David has been a featured soloist with many different orchestras including the St. Louis and Glendale symphony orchestras; the Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Burbank and California philharmonics; the Los Angeles, San Diego and South Bay chamber orchestras; the Knox-Galesburg and Berkeley symphonies; the New York String, University of California Irvine and Pasadena Symphony and Pops orchestras and the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society in New York, as well as at the Santa Fe, La Jolla and Music@Menlo chamber music festivals.

This year, David looks forward to performing the Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society and the Albinoni Concerto in B-flat and Neruda Trumpet Concerto with the Claremont Symphony.

When David is not performing, his favorite pastime is boating with his children, Timothy, Samantha, Nicholas and Julia.