David Hetherington

Cello , NYOC Alumnus (’67-’68)


A native of St. Catharines Ontario and now retired, David Hetherington is the former Associate Principal cellist for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He received his musical training at the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto, and furthered his studies in New York, Italy, and Germany with Claus Adam, André Navarra and Paul Tortelier. A member of the TSO since 1970, Mr. Hetherington also teaches cello and chamber music at the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto. He coaches the cello section of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra and is Music Director of the Inter-Provincial Music Camp. As a chamber musician, he has toured Canada, the United States, Mexico and Europe, and has performed at the Ottawa, Elora and Kincardine Music Festivals. Mr Hetherington is a founding member of the Amici Chamber Ensemble, which presents an annual series of concerts at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. With his own string quartet, Accordes, David performs regularly for New Music Concerts and other contemporary music organizations. The Canadian Music Centre, through Centrediscs, released Accordes’ recording of Harry Somers’ String Quartets in 2001 for which it received a Juno Awards nomination. As soloist, he has performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Niagara Symphony and at the Elora Festival. Mr Hetherington has appeared on several recordings for the CBC and for Centrediscs, with whom he made the Canadian premiere recording of Talivaldis Kenins’ prize-winning cello sonata. In addition, he has recorded eight discs with Amici for Summit Records, Naxos and CBC Records. Mr. Hetherington plays a 1695 cello made by Giovanni Grancino of Milan.