David Kidd

Trombone

Hometown: Madison, AL

Alma maters: The University of Alabama, 2013–17; New England Conservatory, 2017–19

Photos by Matt Dine

Profile

Awards/Competitions: Winner, 2019 and 2018 American Trombone Workshop Quartet Competition; Finalist, 2017 International Trombone Association Lewis van Haney Orchestral Excerpt Competition; 2nd Place, 2016 Texas State Trombone Symposium, Conn/Selmer Tenor Trombone Solo Competition; Division II Finalist, 2016 American Trombone Workshop

Appearances: Tanglewood Music Center, 2019

What is your earliest memory of classical music? I listened to “Ride of the Valkyries” with my dad when I was young. I had started playing trombone in middle school earlier that year, and he played a recording he had of “Ride of the Valkyries” because he knew it contains an important trombone melody.

When did you realize you wanted to pursue music as a career? I realized after a performance of “O magnum mysterium” in high school that was arranged for wind ensemble. The arrangement was written with many added exposed trombone parts, and I really enjoyed playing such a beautiful piece of music.

How did you hear about TŌN? What inspired you to apply? I heard about it from my teacher in my master’s degree at New England Conservatory. I was inspired to apply because it seemed like a great program for post-graduate music students looking for experience.

What do you think orchestra concerts should look like in the 21st Century? I think that they should consist of some traditional style concerts, but also be searching to make music in new ways that attract many different audiences.

Who is your biggest inspiration? My biggest inspiration was my middle school band director, Johnny Nash. He always encouraged us to play from the heart, and to have integrity and excellence both as a musician and a person.

Which composer or genre of music do you feel you connect with the most? I feel like I connect most with music by Gustav Mahler.

What is your favorite piece of music, and why do you love it? Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 is what I consider my favorite piece, but this is a hard answer because there are so many good pieces.

What has been your favorite experience as a musician? My favorite experience as a musician was performing Star Wars Episode IV with the Boston Pops.

Do you have any embarrassing performance stories? A few times I have miscounted and played alone loudly in the wrong spot.

What is some advice you would give to your younger self? I would have told myself to think more about the long game of becoming a musician and practice with more long-term goals.

Favorite non-classical musician or band: I like Zac Brown Band and The Eagles.

If you could play another instrument, what would it be? I would like to be able to play guitar and sing well at the same time.

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing? I would probably be an electrical engineer like my dad.

What is your favorite place you’ve traveled to and why? I enjoyed traveling to Nashville several times because I really like the vibe of that city.

Which three people, dead or alive, would you like to have dinner with and why? I would like to have Mozart, Bach, and Mahler over for dinner because I would like to see how they thought about composition.

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us: I used to play ice hockey when I was growing up. I played for about ten years before music started to take over.

Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Work Hard, be inspired, and don’t give up.