A native of Québec, Canada, David Lemelin is currently Principal Clarinetist with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra (RSO). Before joining the RSO, David was 2nd/Eb clarinetist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, after previously serving a 4-year fellowship with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach where he had the opportunity to work with a wide array of renowned musicians and conductors. In November 2011, David was a winner of the New World Symphony Concerto Competition, appearing as a soloist with the orchestra. In addition, he has played with other orchestras in North America, including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, and the Orchestre Symphonique de Sherbrooke.

David received his Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from DePaul University in Chicago and his Bachelor of Music from McGill University in Montreal, also in Clarinet Performance. His main teachers have included Larry Combs (formerly of the Chicago Symphony), Robert Crowley (formerly of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal), and Nathalie DeGrâce.



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Principal Clarinetist of the Richmond Symphony

"Lemelin sounded equally fluent in these contrasting styles, playing with abundant lyricism and attentiveness to the range of dusky tone colors [...], and with flexibility, verve and playfulness [...]"

- Clarke Bustard, special correspondent for the Richmond Times-Dispatch






I am available for contracted performances. To hear me play with the RSO, you may click above to see the concert schedule.

My teaching fosters a solid foundation with great attention to detail and musicality. I am also available to conduct master classes.