David Saltzman

  • Visiting Associate Professor of Tuba

Areas of Study


• BM in tuba performance, Indiana University
• Performer’s Certificate, Indiana University
• MM in tuba performance, Peabody Institute
• additional graduate studies at the University of Michigan


David Saltzman serves as the principal tuba player of the Toledo Symphony and the Toledo Symphony Brass Quintet as well as the Glimmerglass Opera Festival. He is also a member of the brass faculty at Bowling Green State University. Prior to these appointments, he was the principal tuba player for the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra and the Honolulu Brass Quintet, where he was also the tuba and euphonium instructor at the University of Hawaii and the founder and director of the University of Hawaii’s Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble.

Saltzman has performed with orchestras throughout the United States and Canada including the Cleveland Orchestra and the Detroit, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Alabama, and Windsor symphony orchestras. In 2018 he spent four months playing with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, taking part in its tour of China and guest teaching at the Melbourne Conservatory of Music.

An active soloist and chamber musician, Saltzman was featured in Eugene Bozza’s Concertino with the United States Army Orchestra and performed the tuba concertos of John Williams and Arild Plau with the Toledo Symphony. In 2018 he gave the world premiere of Samuel Adler’s Concerto for Tuba with Toledo.

Saltzman studied with Harvey Phillips, Daniel Perantoni, Fritz Kaenzig, Toby Hanks, and David Fedderly. He is a Melton Meinl Weston Artist.