David Whitwell has dedicated his career to music and to expanding the public perception of the trombone. As a soloist he has premiered numerous new works for the trombone and has been featured as soloist in his Carnegie Hall solo debut recently with the Eco Music Big Band, with the Budapest Symphony Orchestra MAV, recorded with the Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali, received positive reviews as a soloist with the Orchestra Now under Maestro Tan Dun, Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, the MIVOS string quartet, as the winner of the Eisenberg-Freid concerto competition with the Manhattan School of Music Philharmonia, the New York Trombone Consort, the Low Brass Connection in the Netherlands, and as winner of the Brooklyn College wind concerto competition with the Brooklyn College Wind Ensemble. Each year David undertakes a solo tour of Europe, performing his own brand of narratively programmed recitals with organists, pianists, and various other instrumentalists and composers across Italy, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, the UK and Ireland. He has given masterclasses at numerous universities throughout the US and Europe, including Manhattan School of Music, New York University, and the Carl Maria Von Weber Conservatory in Dresden.
David plays a customized Courtois AC420 with a drop valve conceived and constructed by Josh Landress of J. Landress Brass in NYC. Several works have been written specially for the timbre and abilities of David and the double valve tenor trombone.
David holds two Bachelor’s degrees from the City University of New York, Brooklyn College and received his Master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music in 2014, under bass trombonist Dave Taylor. He was named a Britten–Pears Young Artist in 2013–14.