Violinist David Felberg, an Albuquerque native, is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Chatter, a groundbreaking and award-winning chamber ensemble whose mission it is to highlight new music from contemporary composers. Felberg conducts many of the sixty concerts a year that the group presents in Albuquerque’s Kosmos performance space, often premiering twentieth- and twenty-first-century pieces of music that have never before been heard in New Mexico. He is Concertmaster of The Santa Fe Symphony, Music Director of the Albuquerque Philharmonic, and Instructor of Music at NM School for the Arts. He also teaches contemporary music at the University of New Mexico, and is the Associate Concertmaster of the New Mexico Philharmonic.
His robust conducting career includes conducting the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, New Mexico Philharmonic, and The Santa Fe Symphony as well as his work with Chatter. Felberg, who made his New York violin recital debut in Merkin Hall in the spring of 2005, performs throughout the southwest as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. He received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Arizona and a Master of Music in Conducting from the University of New Mexico, and has taken advanced string quartet studies at the University of Colorado with the Takacs Quartet. He studied conducting at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, and has worked with Harold Farbermann at the Bard Conducting Institute.
For more than twelve years, Felberg has been Music Director of the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra, for which he established a successful new summer chamber series. He serves as guest conductor for many orchestras and ensembles; he conducted The Santa Fe Symphony’s “Voyages of Discovery IV: The Majesty of Music and Mathematics” collaboration with the Santa Fe Institute in 2013, and continues to regularly conduct performances with the New Mexico Philharmonic (including its annual performances of The Nutcracker). He also directed the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra in numerous concerts, and conducted both the Beaux Arts Festival Symphony and Emerald City Opera in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Felberg plays an 1829 J. B. Vuillaume violin.