David Langstroth is a Halifax-based bassist, composer and arranger. He studied music at McGill University and with virtuoso bassist Tom Martin in London and then settled in to nearly 20 years working with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Contemporary Music Ensemble of Wales. In 2004 he returned to Canada and has been working with artists in a variety of genres, as well as being the bassist with Rhapsody Quintet and regular extra with Symphony Nova Scotia.
David is most well known as a classical musician, having performed for concerts around the world, television, radio, film and dozens of CD recordings. He has worked with the biggest names in the classical music world, including Luciano Pavarotti, Kiri Te Kanawa and Jose Carreras. However, he has also maintained a constant interest in jazz, pop and world music. His CV includes playing in one Halifax’s first punk bands, the Trash Kanz; performing with Tango Cuatro in Montreal; and in more recent years, being a founding member of world music fusion group Talambra and participating in the Halifax Jazz Festival and on the CDs of local artists such as Karen Myatt.
As an arranger David has written arrangements for Rhapsody Quintet, Symphony Nova Scotia, Nova Voce, and a variety of East Coast pop and rock artists. Composition has been a more recent interest, since returning to Canada. Since then David has written chamber music, choral music and incidental music for the theatre. Some of his works have been recorded by Rhapsody Quintet.
Community involvement has been an important thread throughout his whole career. David was a central player in the outreach and community program for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and earned a qualification from the University of Manchester in this field. Since 2004 David has organized projects for schools, prisons and community groups with support from the Canada Council, the 4Cs Foundation and private sponsors. In 2015 David organized a fundraising performance for the Sunshine Room involving a high profile cast of East Coast Artists which sold out the Rebecca Cohn auditorium and raised nearly $30,000.
Alongside his musical career, David has been teaching the Alexander Technique in Halifax since 2004.