David Elton joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as Principal Trumpet in 2012. He has previously held principal positions with the West Australian and Adelaide symphony orchestras, and has performed as guest principal with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra and the Melbourne and Queensland symphony orchestras, as well as the Sydney Symphony. As a chamber musician, he has toured Germany with WorldBrass and is a founding member of the Australian Brass Quintet.
He has performed concertos with the WASO, ASO and the Australian National Academy of Music orchestra, including a concerto written for him by James Ledger, and has also featured as a soloist at trumpet and brass festivals. In 2012 he appears with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and pianist Steven Osborne, performing the Shostakovich concerto for piano and trumpet.
Raised in Sydney, David Elton studied with Paul Goodchild. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Queensland Conservatorium (where he studied with Yoram Levy), and a master's degree from Northwestern University (Charles Geyer). He was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and a fellow of the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo Japan. In 1998 he won first prize in the International Trumpet Guild's Solo Competition held in Kentucky, USA.
While in Perth, David Elton was Head of Brass at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. He has also taught as a guest at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore, and is currently on the brass faculty at ANAM.