Ira Zingraff

Principal Trumpet

  • Instrument: Trumpet
  • Member Since: 2004

Ira Zingraff grew up in Toronto. He was accepted into the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto with a music scholarship studying under Stephen Chenette. Ira continued his studies at Domaine Forget in Quebec with Larry Knopp and Vincent Cichowicz. In May 2004, Ira graduated in Professional Studies at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Andrew McCandless, and Jim Gardiner. Currently, he holds the position of Principal Trumpet with the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, and The Canadian Sinfonietta. Other orchestral credits include: Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic, Windsor Symphony, Orchestra London, Monster Rock Orchestra, and the Video Games Live Orchestra. Ira is also an active member of the Hannaford Street Silver Band. In addition to classical music, Ira records and performs with some of the top popular music groups in Canada and The US, including bands such as: Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, Do Make Say Think, Serena Ryder, Bry Webb & The Providers, The Most Serene Republic, Michael Bolton, Wayne Newton, and Josh Groban. Ira is very passionate about film, and is highly involved in soundtrack recording for movies, video games and Apps. Ira has also appeared in the feature film "Talk To Me", as Doc Severinsen. Since 2005, Ira has been active in Canadian Indie music, and is a co-founder and performer in the Toronto/Guelph band "del bel". "del bel" has been featured on the CBC radio program Q, and along with live performances is also involved in scoring music for film, notably a live screening and performance of the 1922 silent movie Nosferatu.


Q: At what age did you begin playing your instrument?  

A: 10 years old. 


Q: What inspired you to study your instrument? 

A: My parents still to this day listen to a wide array of music. As a kid I remember hearing baroque trumpet, played by as I know now, Maurice Andre. I travelled to the States once a year to visit family. On one such visit I was taken to see the Blues Brothers movie, and being so moved, bought the soundtrack soon after. Then as if by a great coincidence I found an old beat up trumpet in my Dad's room.  I spent the rest of the summer trying to play along to the Blues Brothers soundtrack. When the school year started up, a band program was offered. I was given the choice between sax or trumpet. I had a momentary hesitation while I considered playing sax, but then quickly came to my senses, and chose trumpet.  It was only a few years later that I was studying the masters such as Bach, Hadyn, Mozart, and Handel with the utmost of joy and wonder.


Q: What is your favourite piece of music you’ve ever played?  Why? 

A: 1. Gustav Mahler Symphony 2. It is gushing with emotion and intense dramatic urgency.

    2. Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures At An Exhibition.  Such an incredibly colourful work.  I have performed this piece twice, and I am thrilled to be performing this again for the third time with the NSO at Masters 2 this season.


Q:Highlight of your musical career? 

A: A one night re-enactment of The Band’s Last Waltz with my colleagues from del bel and other amazing artists from Guelph.  Had to be there to know.