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, and was a member of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and the Boston Philharmonic. He was also a member of the orchestras of Vermont, Rhode Island, Portland, Springfield, and Emmanuel Church.
Mr. Deland has performed the concertos of Mozart and Richard Strauss with the TSO, and appears frequently with the Amici Chamber Ensemble and Parkdale Pops. Since 2011, Mr. Deland has been honoured to be invited by Seiji Ozawa to perform with the Saito Kinen Festival and Mito Chamber Orchestra. Other engagements have included being guest principal horn with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
An avid swimmer, Neil also once played in left field for the Boston Red Sox during a game in 2005.