David Collins

Head of Wind, Brass & Percussion
BMus, PGDip (Perf), MMus

Originally from Co. Kildare, David studied trumpet at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and completed an MMus in Trumpet at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin graduating with Distinction. During his studies David won prizes including the Guinness Brass Bursary and Robert McCreath Memorial and was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra from 2009–2011 touring Europe and performing at the BBC Proms. 

Since returning to Ireland, David performs and broadcasts regularly with the RTÉ National Symphony and Concert Orchestras and the Irish Chamber Orchestra. Between 2016–2018 David held the position of Principal Trumpet no. 2 & Principal Cornet with the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast, Northern Ireland and more recently has performed with the World Orchestra for Peace. 

David has been appointed to the teaching faculties of both the Royal Irish Academy of Music and TU Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama and continues to coach both the trumpet sections of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland and the Irish Youth Wind Ensemble. 

David is the Artistic Director of Dublin Brass Week, Ireland’s international brass festival. He has additionally appeared as soloist in concerti by Haydn, Vivaldi, Neruda as well as Bach's Brandenburg Concerto no. 2