Through his music, Vancouver-raised saxophonist David Hodgson captures spontaneity, risk and enthusiasm. Since moving to Toronto in 2017 to attend the jazz performance program at the University of Toronto, he has established himself as an ambitious and lyrical artist in Toronto’s vibrant jazz scene.

Music has always been an important part of David’s life, and his participation in the 2017 National Youth Jazz Combo, the 2016 Berklee Jazz Workshop, and the 2015 and 2016 Conn-Selmer Centre-Stage Jazz Band instilled a deep appreciation of Black American Music and a passion self-expression through for improvisation. He is the recipient of the 2020 Oscar Peterson Developing Artist Grant, the 2017 Yamaha Performance and Passion Award, the 2017 Fraser MacPherson Jazz Fund, and the 2016 Golden Reed Award. Currently, David leads Stil Trio, a group that blends improvisation and through-composed music rooted in Jazz, Classical, and folk genres.

David is constantly inspired and influenced by the artists around him, his admiration of art and design, and an intense curiosity and excitement surrounding music.