Los Angeles Opera Associate Principal Trumpet David Washburn is a Yamaha Performing Artist and the Principal Trumpet of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. A much sought-after musician in Los Angeles, David has numerous motion picture soundtracks to his credit. He played Principal Trumpet for the Amazing Spiderman, Karate Kid, Avatar, The Legend of Zorro, Troy, A Beautiful Mind, Windtalkers, The Perfect Storm, Titanic and Deep Impact.
Currently, David is a member of the faculty at Chapman University, Biola University, University of California Irvine, California State University Long Beach and Azusa Pacific University. He has held teaching positions at Cal State University 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 and his Bachelor of Music from the Thornton Music School at the University of Southern California. His trumpet instructors have included Rob Roy McGregor, Robert Nagel, John Clyman and Joan LaRue.
David has been a featured soloist with many symphony orchestras world-wide, including the St. Louis Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the San Diego Chamber Orchestra. He has also performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, as well as the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the La Jolla Chamber Music Festival, and Music at Menlo.
This past year, David performed Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Also, he premiered a new work for Piccolo Trumpet and Organ,“Unto us a Son is Given” by Corneliu Mootz, with the Claremont Symphony.
In the summer, David performs at the Mostly Mozart Festival in San Diego, Music at Menlo and the Summerfest Chamber Music Festival in San Diego.
When David is not performing, his favorite pastime is boating with his children, Timothy, Samantha, Nicholas and Julia.