David Saltzman is the Tuba and Euphonium Instructor at Bowling Green State University and has been the Principal Tuba player of the Toledo Symphony and the Toledo Symphony Brass Quintet since 2007. In 2011, David joined the Glimmerglass Opera Festival based in Cooperstown, NY as their Principal Tuba player for their summer Opera series. Prior to these appointments, he was the Principal Tuba player for the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra and the Honolulu Brass Quintet (1997-2007). He was also the Tuba/Euphonium instructor at the University of Hawaii and the founder and director of the University of Hawaii’s Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble.
David has performed with many orchestras throughout the United States and Canada, including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Alabama Symphony and the Windsor Symphony. Most recently, David spent four months of the summer of 2018 playing with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and guest teaching at the Melbourne Conservatory of Music, as well as joining them for their tour of China.
An active soloist and chamber musician and a Buffet-Crampon Artist, David was the winner of the Colonial Tuba Euphonium Quartet’s Tuba Solo Competition held in Albany, New York back in 1996. Since then, David has performed and given Master classes as a featured soloist and educator throughout the United States, Australia and Europe. In 2014, David performed Eugene Bozza’s Concertino with the United States Army Orchestra. He has also performed John Williams’ Tuba Concerto and Arild Plau’s Concerto for tuba and strings with the Toledo Symphony in 2010 and 2014 respectively. In October of 2018, David was privileged to give the world premiere of Samuel Adler’s Concerto for Tuba in Toledo.
David is proud to have studied with Harvey Phillips, Daniel Perantoni, Fritz Kaenzig, Toby Hanks and David Fedderly. He lives in Sylvania, Ohio with his amazing wife, three beautiful children, two happy and energetic standard poodles, and two much quieter and less energetic cats.