David Bourque has been a member of the clarinet section of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since 1983. His orchestral experience includes performance in the orchestras of the National Ballet Company of Canada , the Canadian Opera Company, Symphony Nova Scotia, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, National Arts Centre Orchestra, The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Stratford Festival. He has been invited to numerous Canadian music festivals and has performed regularly at the Festival of the Sound in Parry Sound, Ontario and Chamberfest in Ottawa. He is much in demand as a solo, chamber and orchestral musician. Since 2003, David has been a regular guest at Indiana University School of Music where he has taught clarinet, bass clarinet and bassethorn. He has also held master classes and adjudicated clarinet competitions at IU, Northwestern University, De Paul University and the Eastman School of Music. In the 2004/2005 academic year, he taught at Mount Allison University as a Visiting Professor of Music and has taught and conducted the Wind Symphony at both Mount Allison and the University of Prince Edward Island.
Mr. Bourque's work in film and television sound recording includes many episodes of the re-makes of the television series Alfred Hitchcock Presents, seven seasons on Road to Avonlea and numerous episodes of Street Legal. He is also heard in the Academy Award winning Norman Jewison film, Moonstruck, the Dan Ackroyd-Jack Lemmon film, Getting Away with Murder and the miniseries soundtracks Texas and Larry McMurtry's The Streets of Laredo. David Bourque can also be heard in the film score recording of the music for the 1996 remake of The Island of Dr. Moreau (directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Marlon Brando) and many made for TV movies including the CBC docudrama of the Avro Arrow story.
Mr. Bourque is a versatile and extensively recorded instrumental artist. His recording credits include numerous recordings with the Toronto Symphony, CDs and radio broadcasts for CBC, the first recording of the Barenreiter edition of Mozart's Serenade in B flat K. 361, "Gran Partita", the Canadian Saxophone Quintet's premiere recording Thanks for the Memories, Gary Kulesha's Third Chamber Concerto for Bass Clarinet and Winds and Mysterium Conjunctionis with clarinetist James Campbell . The latter are two of the five works that have been composed for Mr. Bourque by Gary Kulesha. David, James and Gary are mentioned in connection with the Mysterium in The Cambridge Guide To The Clarinet, ed. Colin Lawson. His current work is an annotated orchestral excerpt book for bass clarinet.
David is the editor of Northdale Music International's first editions of the Harmoniemusik of K. Anh. C. Two of these works, K. Anh. C 17.03 and K. Anh. C. 17.05 received their Toronto premiere by Mr. Bourque's Harmoniemusik ensemble, The Symphony Winds, at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music in November, 1996. The complete Harmoniemusik of K. Anh. C has been recorded by The Festival Winds for CBC records.
David Bourque is a native Torontonian and is a graduate of The University of Western Ontario and the University of Toronto Faculties of Music.