New Zealand clarinetist David McGregor studied with Philip Green (Associate Principal Clarinet, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, former NZSO) at Victoria University of Wellington from 2011 to 2014. While studying in Wellington, he also played in the Royal New Zealand Air Force Band in section and principal positions. He was principal clarinet of the NZSO National Youth Orchestra from 2012 to 2014, and has also been a frequent guest principal player with Orchestra Wellington and a guest section player with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra since 2013.
In 2015 he moved to Hobart, Tasmania, where he studied with Francesco Celata (Associate Principal Clarinet, Sydney Symphony) at the University of Tasmania Conservatorium of Music. In 2016, he appeared as soloist with the Wellington Chamber Orchestra, performing Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No.2 with conductor and fellow NZSM alum Vincent Hardaker.
David was proud to have been selected as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Clarinet Fellow for 2017. The year involved him playing frequently with the orchestra, most often playing E-flat clarinet, though he performed in all positions in a number of concerts. David’s role as an SSO Fellow allowed him to perform in mixed chamber ensembles with the other fellows in Central Sydney, as well as regional NSW. The role also involved education work and outreach which was an absolute highlight, where fellows would participate, and present masterclasses and workshops to students in the greater Sydney area.
2018 has seen David return to New Zealand, where he has recently been appointed Principal Clarinet of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. Alongside his work with the CSO, David teaches clarinet and music students of all ages.