David Finlayson joined the New York Philharmonic in December 1985 during Zubin Mehta’s tenure as music director. He serves as the orchestra’s Second Trombonist.
Mr. Finlayson is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music. His symphonic career began while he was a student at the U of M with the Flint Symphony and Toledo Symphony orchestras.
In 1980, Mr. Finlayson was appointed assistant principal trombonist with the National Symphony Orchestra under music director Mstislav Rostropovich and performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC for six seasons before joining the New York Philharmonic.
Mr. Finlayson is currently on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music. He has also been on the faculties of the Mannes College of Music, the Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music and the Music Academy of the West, in Santa Barbara, California.
Mr. Finlayson is a Yamaha artist plays on the Yamaha Xeno 8820R model instrument.