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DSO member since 2015

David Binder

David Binder joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in fall 2015. He previously served as co-principal trombone of the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki, Finland for three seasons. He has also performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and served as guest principal trombone with the Tapiola Sinfonietta in concerts and on their critically acclaimed recording of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite.

As a soloist, David has performed recitals in Finland, Switzerland, and the US; and has won competitions at the American Trombone Workshop, International Trombone Festival, and International Women’s Brass Conference.

During his time in Europe, David travelled extensively to study with prominent trombonists on the continent, particularly with Ian Bousfield in Bern and Jamie Williams in Berlin. A Chicago native, he completed his bachelor’s degree with Brass Department Honors at Northwestern University, studying with Michael Mulcahy, Peter Ellefson, Timothy Higgins, and Randall Hawes. While at Northwestern, he was also a regular member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and studied additionally with Jay Friedman.

David has quickly become sought after as a teacher. He has presented master classes at Northwestern University and Michigan State University, and has taught for multiple summers at the Third Coast Trombone Retreat in western Michigan. In Detroit he is heavily involved in the DSO Civic Youth Ensembles program, leading rehearsals and sectionals for low brass students. In 2017 David travelled to Jacmel, Haiti to teach at the first ever Haitian National Orchestral Institute, organized in conjunction with BLUME Haiti and members of the Utah Symphony.

Outside of the orchestra, David nurtures a keen interest in bluegrass and folk music, playing several instruments of the idiom such as banjo and guitar. He also enjoys playing racquetball and softball, and loves the Chicago Cubs.