David Bowser is Founder and Artistic Director of the Mozart Project and conducts the Toronto Mozart Players. He is Music Director and Conductor of the Hart House Chorus and the Oakville Choral Society. David teaches at McMaster University and conducts the McMaster Chamber Orchestra. He is an active guest conductor, composer, university instructor and vocal coach.
David studied flute at the Conservatoires de Musique in Tours and in Paris before earning a Master of Music degree in composition at the University of Toronto. He completed a Diplôme d’Etudes supérieures II (Masters Degree) in conducting under Raffi Armenian at the Conservatoire de Musique in Montreal where he studied voice with Marie Daveluy. 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 engaged in private studies and consultations with Sir Simon Rattle and Dennis Russell Davies and participated in many conducting clinics and masterclasses with Eric Ericson, Georg Tintner and Gustav Meier, among others. David earned his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Toronto with research on historical origins of modern orchestral string performances practices. 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.
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 and the North York Concert Orchestra. He has also served as resident conductor of the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec 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 and the National Youth Orchestra. He has appeared on both national language networks of the CBC television and radio, and has recorded music for the Oprah Winfrey Show including the ABC primetime special, Legends. In Europe, he has performed on the podium of the Kromeriz Symphony Orchestra in the Czech Republic, the Maribor Philharmonic Orchestra in Slovenia, the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra and East Slovak State Opera in Kosice, Slovakia, among others.
More recently David conducted Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess with the Nassau City Opera in the Bahamas and appeared in concert with the Hart House Chorus at the 2014 Flanders Music Festival in Belgium commemorating the start of the First World War.