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, he graduated in Professional Studies at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Andrew McCandless, and Jim Gardiner.
Ira currently 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.