Skulski, David

 (Murray) David Skulski. Oboist, english horn player, early music specialist, teacher, b Moose Jaw, Sask, 29 Nov 1942. After early training in New Westminster and Burnaby, BC, and experience with the Vancouver Junior Symphony Orchestra, Skulski studied at San Fernando Valley State College, Cal, and at the University of British Columbia. In 1960, at 17, he joined the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra as solo english horn, the youngest person ever to be so employed by the VSO. He became a freelance oboist in 1963, performing for the CBC and with a number of Vancouver chamber ensembles. He played 1966-8 in the Orquesta Sinfonica de Xalapa, Mexico. Returning to Vancouver he founded Hortulani Musicae in 1968 and was a performing member until 1976. He founded the Vancouver Society for Early Music in 1970 and managed it until 1975. He became the founder-manager of the Towne Waytes in 1974, and has helped to establish other early-music ensembles. He taught summer courses in Renaissance music in Breiteneich, Austria, 1972-9 and was music resident at Simon Fraser University 1973-6. In 1983 he founded Harmonie, an ensemble that concentrated on classical wind music, performing the Canadian premiere of the recently discovered Harmoniemusik arrangement (1812) of Beethoven's 7th symphony.

After leaving music temporarily in the 1980s, David Skulski returned in 1991 to play with the Vancouver Folk Orchestra and was its conductor 1997-2004. In 2003, he was elected president of the Peretz Centre for Secular Jewish Culture. In this position, he organized the concert series "Music at the Peretz Centre," featuring Jewish music and musicians, and the annual "¡Festival Judío!" celebrating Latin-American Jewish culture.

In 2005 he joined the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra and the Burnaby Symphony Orchestra as principal oboist. He began teaching at the Pacific Coast School of Music, the Richmond School of Music and Oakridge Music Studios in 2008. He is also a member of the wind quintet "Five on Sunday."

See also: Period Instrument Movement; Jewish Music and Musicians