Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra

Sabatino Vacca, Music Director

David Rehner

Violin
David Rehner

Etobicoke-born violinist David Rehner discovered his love for the instrument at age four while watching Itzhak Perlman perform on Sesame Street. Lessons with EPO violist Shari Lundy began soon thereafter, followed by enthusiastic membership in community groups such as the Mississauga Youth Orchestra, Bach Youth Ensemble and Classical Youth Orchestra.

In 1995, David began his professional training at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, where he studied violin under Leo Wigdorchik and was the recipient of multiple scholarships. While completing his Bachelor of Music, David was principal second violinist of the university's Symphony, Chamber and Opera orchestras, where he played under conductors such as Peter Oundjian, Uri Mayer and Sir David Willcocks. After graduation, he went on to receive his Bachelor of Education from OISE/UT in 2000.

Now an experienced orchestra leader, David is regularly engaged as concertmaster with The Rose Orchestra Brampton and the Etobicoke Philharmonic, and appears often as a soloist. For many years he served as concertmaster with the Oakville Chamber and Brampton Symphony orchestras, and has also performed as concertmaster with numerous other groups including the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra, Masterworks of Oakville Chorus and Orchestra, Yorkville Romantic Evenings Orchestra, Great Lakes Orchestra and the Oakville Symphony (with which he presently serves as a Young Artist Mentor).

A full time music teacher with the Peel District Public School Board, David helped establish and develop QE Arts—the first elementary school regional arts program in all of Peel—while concurrently building from scratch the only elementary school strings program in Peel at the time of that program's inception. In 2011, he was named Arts Person of the Year by the Brampton Arts Council in recognition of his work teaching violin to underprivileged youth. In 2012, David began conducting The Rosebud Orchestra, an orchestral training program in Brampton for youth aged 8 to 18. He remains committed to quality music and education in the greater community, balancing his full-time teaching job with a busy performing schedule.