Teacher, Performer, Wind Coach, Conductor


A more detailed look...


on Dave’s orchestral and chamber music playing...


the best clarinetto basso I have ever met"

Gianandrea Noseda

Music Director, Teatro Regio Torino

Music Director, National Symphony

Principal Guest Conducor, London Symphony Orchestra

Principal Guest Conductor, Israel Philharmonic

Aria: Rivolgete a lui lo squardo, K. 584 W.A. Mozart, arr. Mitch Clarke (2006)

Concert aria arranged for The Festival Winds (Harmonie) and Russell Braun


Canadian composer and conductor Gary Kulesha has written a number of works for David Bourque and premiered by Mr. Bourque, a number of trhese works with  the composer at the piano:

The Emperor of Ice Cream for clarinet quartet (1979)

Two Complacencies (1976)  for tuba and bass clarinet

Two Preludes (Debussy) arr. Kulesha for bass clarinet and piano  (1980)

French Canadian Folk Songs set for Saxophone Quintet (1992)

    (Canadian Saxophone Quintet & Rosemarie Landry)

Journey into Sunrise for saxophone quintet and symphony orchestra (1987)

     (Toronto Symphony Orchestra & Erich Kunzel)

Duo for Bass Clarinet and Piano (1977)

Mysterium Conjunctionis for clarinet, bass clarinet and piano (1980)

Third Chamber Concerto  for bass clarinet and wind octet (1983)

Double Concerto for marimba, bass clarinet and orchestra (1986)

Ghosts  for bass clarinet, piano (or vibes), prepared tape and electronics (1989)


Concerto for Bass Clarinet (1980)    Brian Tate

Clarinet Polka arranged for tuba solo and clarinet choir  by J. Scott Irvine

Sorry Wolfgang,

But Bourque Bugged My Ass To Write This Thing Blues J. Scott Irvine

(the blues for clarinet choir based on the opening theme of Mozart Clarinet Concerto K. 622)


David Bourque is deeply appreciative of the role of the Ontario Arts Council , the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Canada Council For The Arts  in financially assisting these commissions.