David Bremner

David Bremner is Principal trombone of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2002. Prior to this appointment, he was principal trombone of the Auckland Philharmonia. Born in New Plymouth, David began his early musical studies on cornet and euphonium under the tutelage of his father Trevor Bremner. After moving to Trombone he went on to graduate with honours from Victoria University of Wellington studying with Marc Taddei. He was awarded the prestigious Patricia Pratt Scholarship to study at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and graduated with a Master of Music degree studying with Mark Lawrence. During this time he was a finalist in the Gisborne Music Competition, placed 3rd in the NZ Young Musicians Competition, and won the Shenson Young Musicians competition in California.

As a soloist, David has performed concertos with the NZ Symphony Orchestra, including the world premiere of Gareth Farr’s trombone concerto ‘Funambulistic Strains’, recorded Lyell Cresswell’s concerto ‘Kaia’ for Naxos Records, was one of 7 featured NZSO Principals in Eve De Castro-Robinson’s ‘The Glittering hosts of Heaven’, and performed Sandstrom’s Double Trombone Concerto with Christian Lindberg. 

In 2009 his debut solo CD Gung-Ho, featuring the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the National Brass Band of NZ, won the Classical Music Award at the Vodafone NZ Music Awards.
A versatile musician, David has recorded with the New Zealand rock band ‘Crowded House’, performed with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, as well as many brass bands across Australasia and the UK. He is a founding member of ‘Bonanza’ Trombone Quartet, Music Director of the Champion Band of NZ Wellington Brass, and Music Director of the National Band of NZ.

Bremner is the Director of Education for Brass Bands NZ, a trustee of the Kia Ora Foundation, founder and trustee of the NZ Brass Foundation, and the presenter of Brilliant Brass on Radio Concert.


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