David Bowser is Founder and Artistic Director of the Mozart Project and conducts the Toronto Mozart Players. He is Artistic Director and Conductor of Pax Christi Chorale and the Oakville Choral Society. He is an active guest conductor, composer, university instructor and vocal coach.
David has conducted music for ballet, opera, film, television and the concert stage, and has performed in Canada, the United States, Belgium, France, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. He has been music director of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the Brantford Symphony Orchestra, the North York Concert Orchestra and the Hart House Chorus. He has also served as resident conductor of the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec and assistant conductor of the Nova Scotia Opera. David has conducted the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Waterloo Chamber Players, the Hart House Orchestra, the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra, and has performed at the Nassau City Opera in the Bahamas, and the Flanders Music Festival in Belgium.
David earned his Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Toronto specializing in eighteenth-century string and vocal performance practices. He holds a Master of Music degree in composition from the University of Toronto and a Diplôme d’Etudes supérieures II (Master’s Degree) in conducting from the Conservatoire de Musique in Montreal. His vocal training with esteemed pedagogue Marie Daveluy inspired a life-long passion for the voice. He continued studies in orchestral and operatic conducting at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna with Leopold Hager and entered the summer conducting classes of Gianluigi Gelmetti at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the Ontario Arts Council’s Chalmers Performing Arts Grant, the Canada Council’s Professional Development Grant and the Victor Feldbrill National Graduate Fellowship and Eaton Fellowship from the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto.