Donovan Seidle is a versatile musician: equally comfortable performing in the concertmaster chair or in the soloist spotlight as on the conductor’s podium of a scoring stage; composing, arranging or orchestrating for film, large-scale spectacle shows, or video games.
A native Calgarian, Donovan attended the Mount Royal College Conservatory. He earned a BMus in Performance and Composition at the University of Calgary under the tutelage of Edmond Agopian, and proceeded to a MMus in Performance at Northwestern University in the studio of Roland and Almita Vamos.
Since 2003, he has served as Assistant Concertmaster of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and participates regularly in chamber ensembles and projects outside of the orchestra. He works as Artistic Director of the Kensington Sinfonia, and plays regularly with the Bell’Arte String Quartet, also collaborating in jazz, bluegrass and celtic sessions around the city, and summer festivals around the world. In 2009 he took part as one of the members of the inaugural Youtube Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, headed by Michael Tilson Thomas.
Aside from performing, Donovan is a freelance composer/arranger who writes for various media. He has produced soundtracks for television and film, live theatre, orchestra shows, and the concert stage; and spent his 09/10 sabbatical from the Philharmonic as Associate Music Director for the Emmy Award-winning ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Since then, he has written for such production shows as the 2011 Pan-Arabian Games in Qatar, and the Guinness Record-breaking projection show at the 2011 Moscow City Day.
Donovan has performed across Canada, the United States, Holland, Belgium, England, Scotland, Germany, Poland, Croatia, Herzegovina, Bosnia, Macedonia, Japan, Switzerland and Italy.