Principal Bass Trombone
David Ridge joined the San Francisco Opera Orchestra as Principal Bass Trombone in 1992. His duties with the Company include playing trombone, bass trombone, and contrabass trombone. Mr. Ridge performs frequently with the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Ballet, and every other major arts organization in the Bay Area. Before moving to San Francisco, he held the position of Principal Bass Trombone with the Charleston Symphony in South Carolina. He performed with the Alabama, North Carolina, Virginia, and Savannah Symphonies, and the Virginia Opera Company, and toured nationally with Les Misérables.
A native of Virginia, Mr. Ridge attended the New England Conservatory of Music and received his Bachelors and Masters degrees. He was given a full scholarship to Mannes College of Music in New York and received the Professional Studies Diploma.
Mr. Ridge has won acceptance to many of the major music festivals in this country and abroad including Tanglewood, Colorado Philharmonic/National Repertory Orchestra, Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds in Italy, the American Institute of Musical Studies in Austria, Chautauqua Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, Carmel Bach Festival, and the Evian Music Festival in France.
In addition to recording with San Francisco Opera, David has recorded many film scores and other commercial projects at Skywalker Ranch. Among the movie soundtracks on which Mr. Ridge can be heard are XXX2, Hellboy, Finding Nemo, Once Upon A Time In Mexico, Jurassic Park III, Spy Kids, The Game and Pooh’s Grand Adventure. Mr. Ridge can be heard on the Sony Classical, Teldec, Deutsche Grammophon, Erato Classique, Arabesque, London, London Video, Argo, Decca, Varese-Sarabande, Chapter III and Milan labels.
Mr. Ridge is on the faculty at California State University East Bay and is a former faculty member of Charleston Southern University. He is a frequent soloist and clinician in the Bay Area.