Neil Deland joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as Principal Horn in 2006. Prior to coming to Toronto, Mr. Deland had an extensive freelance presence in Boston, performing and touring often with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops.
In addition to numerous graduation, wedding and other miscellaneous gigs he was a member of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and the Boston Philharmonic, and the orchestras of Vermont, Rhode Island, Portland, Springfield, and Emmanuel Church.
As a soloist, Mr. Deland has performed Britten’s Serenade and the concertos of Mozart and Richard Strauss with the TSO, and he appears frequently with the Amici Chamber Ensemble and Toronto Summer Music Festival. Since 2011, Mr. Deland has had the honour of frequently performing as a member of the Saito Kinen Festival and Mito Chamber Orchestra at the invitation of Seiji Ozawa. Other engagements have included being guest principal horn with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Events in 2020 would lead Neil to join his partner, Associate Principal Trombonist Vanessa Fralick, in performing over 100 consecutive nightly concerts in the Annex neighbourhood as members of Horn on the Cob and the Social Distance.