Tristan De Borba
CLT Lecturer
Saxophone, Symphonic Band, Orchestra, and Conducting

MMus, University of British Columbia
BMus, University of Toronto

Acadia University
Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Canada B4P 2R6
T: (902) 585-1512
F: (902) 585-1037


Tristan De Borba is one of Canada’s preeminent classical and contemporary saxophonists and wind ensemble conductors and is quickly gaining a reputation as an innovative and engaging musician, with versatility and a sensitive musicianship. Tristan has performed as a saxophone soloist, chamber musician, orchestral saxophonist and pedagogue across Canada.

Tristan is a founding member of the Brogue Saxophone Quartet ( and one half of the recently founded Strum-De Borba duo with fellow saxophonist Nicole Strum. Tristan has a strong interest in the music of our time. His recording of Derek Charke’s "Wired and Wound" with pianist Simon Docking can be found on the ECMA nominated recording Live Wired (Centrediscs, 2015). Tristan also appears as saxophone soloist on “In the Wide Awe of Wisdom” (Pelagos, 2017), the recently released album by Grammy award-winning composer Paul Halley. As a pedagogue, Tristan is on faculty at Acadia University where he runs an ever-expanding saxophone class and conducts the Symphonic Band. Tristan is finishing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Dr. Wallace Halladay where he is researching the saxophone music of Jorge Peixinho (1940-1995).