Praised by The Santa Fe New Mexican for his “fluid phrases, rich focused tone, rhythmic precision, and spot-on intonation,” Violinist David Felberg, an Albuquerque native, is Concertmaster of The Santa Fe Symphony, Associate Concertmaster of the New Mexico Philharmonic, and performs with Santa Fe Pro Musica. He is also the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Chatter, a groundbreaking series exploring both new and old music, and producing over 60 performances per year. Chatter was recently mentioned in The New York Times in an article about curated silence, one of the main features of their performances. David plays in, and conducts, many of the shows—often premiering twentieth- and twenty-first-century pieces of music that have never before been heard in New Mexico. He also directs New Music New Mexico, the contemporary ensemble at the University of New Mexico.
David has been featured soloist with The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, New Mexico Philharmonic, New Mexico Symphony, Albuquerque Philharmonic, Los Alamos Symphony, Palo Alto Philharmonic, Balcones Orchestra, and the Chatter Orchestra. He has performed recitals and chamber music, all over New Mexico and the Southwest, and most recently has performed at the Oregon Bach Festival. David has begun specializing in contemporary solo violin music, having performed solo works of Berio, Boulez, Sciarrino, John Zorn, and Luigi Nono.
As a conductor, he recently made his debut with Santa Fe Pro Musica. He regularly conducts the New Mexico Philharmonic, The Santa Fe Symphony and Chatter, and has collaborated with such soloists as Rachel Barton Pine, Conor Hanick, and Benjamin Hochman. David, made his New York violin recital debut in Merkin Concert Hall in the spring of 2005. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree, in History, from the University of Arizona and a Master of Music degree in Conducting from the University of New Mexico, and has taken advanced string quartet studies at the University of Colorado with the Takacs Quartet. David has also attended the prestigious American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival.
David plays an 1829 J. B. Vuillaume violin and a c. 1830 Claude Joseph Fonclause violin bow.