David Chavez began playing the violin at age four in Southern California. David was a student at The R. D. Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles where he studied with Mr. Richard Schwabe. Following High school, David studied Violin Performance at California State University of Long Beach where he received his Bachelors of Music. At Long Beach David’s teachers included Phillip Levy and Dr. Chan Ho Yun.
David continued his studies as a graduate assistant at The Pennsylvania State University, graduating with a Masters of Music in violin performance. Extending his stay at Penn State, David also completed a Professional Performance Certificate. At Penn State, David studied with violin professor, Dr. Max Zorin. During David’s time at Penn State, he was a member of the Graduate String Quartet, served as Concert Master and Principal second in the University Orchestra, and won first prize in the 2009/2010 Concerto competition.
David’s professional career has included performing in several orchestras as well as chamber groups, and rock bands. David recorded a music video with Ill Divo at Paramount Studios and played live concerts with Kansas and Manheim Steam Roller. While in Pennsylvania, David participated annually in the Penns Woods Music Festival, was featured as a soloist in the Wild Flowers Music Festival, and also served as Assistant Concertmaster in a Concert Tour of China with the Camerata Philadelphia. Currently, David is an active freelance musician and holds the Principle Second chair of the Dana Point Symphony.
With over 15 years of teaching experience, David has a love and passion for teaching violin. It is a privilege to share his experience and music education to promote and cultivate young talent, exposing them to the many benefits and joys of the world of music.