Edward Tait's earliest musical experience was as a boy chorister. In his teens he studied percussion. When he entered the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music he was singing in the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and playing dance and jazz gigs around Toronto.
He began studying the double bass and became a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in 1964 where he met Frederick Zimmerman. On graduation he spent the 1966/67 season with the New Orleans Philharmonic Symphony and studied with Principal Bassist Robert Rohe.
He was awarded a Canada Council grant to study with Fred Zimmerman in 1967, however Mr. Tait instead returned to Toronto to study with Thomas Monohan after Mr. Zimmerman's untimely death.
Following two years of freelancing in Toronto with the Canadian Opera Company, the National Ballet of Canada, the Festival Singers, the New Hampshire Summer Music Festival, he became Assistant Principal Bass with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in 1969.
Edward Tait is in his 39th year as a member of the Toronto Symphony. For 36 of those years he was the assistant-principal bassist. Edward has also performed with numerous chamber groups including the Orford String Quartet, the St Lawrence String Quartet, Amici, the Accordes String Quintet, the Pendereski Quartet, the Festival Singers Orchestra, and the double bass quartet Basstiality.
Currently the bass instructor of the National Youth Orchestra, he has taught at the University of Toronto for 11 years, and spent 18 years at York University.
His hobbies include sailing, canoeing, golfing and skiing.