Tristan De Borba is one of Canada’s preeminent classical and contemporary saxophonists. He is also an emerging Wind Ensemble conductor with a particular interest in contemporary repertoire. Tristan is quickly gaining a reputation as an innovative and engaging musician, with a versatility and sensitive musicianship.
As a saxophonist, Tristan has performed with the University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, and Acadia University Wind Ensembles. In addition, Tristan has performed with Symphony Nova Scotia and Opera Nova Scotia. His recording of Derek Charke’s Wired and Wound for saxophone and piano was nominated for a 2016 East Coast Music Award. Tristan is also a founding member of the Brogue Saxophone Quartet which combines classical, jazz, contemporary and world music styles in a fun and engaging show.
As a pedagogue, Tristan is on faculty at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia where he runs an ever-expanding saxophone class and conducts the Acadia Symphonic Band.
In addition to his work at Acadia and in Nova Scotia, Tristan is concurrently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on the saxophone music of 20th century composer Jorge Peixinho