New York City based violinist David Southorn has distinguished himself as an active soloist, chamber musician and Concertmaster. A member of the Amphion String Quartet, they are Winners of the 2011 Concert Artists Guild auditions in New York and have been selected for a three-year residency with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two beginning in 2013. They have also been awarded the First Prize at the Hugo Kauder String Quartet Competition as well as the First Prize and Audience Choice Award at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition. As soloist he has appeared with the SFCM New Music Ensemble, Castro Valley Chamber Orchestra as well as the Portland Festival, Fremont and Nova Vista Symphonies. Mr. Southorn has performed as Concertmaster with such orchestras as the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, the Yale Philharmonia and Symphony, the New Haven Symphony, the Miami Symphony and has just been named as Concertmaster of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. He is currently the Principal Second Violin of the Miami Symphony Orchestra for the 2011-2012 season as well.
Southorn has performed at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center alongside Ani and Ida Kavafian and has appeared at the Mostly Music Chamber Music series with such musicians as Ani Kavafian, Carter Brey and Ettore Causa. He performed at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, performing Stravinsky's Duo Concertant onstage with the State of Georgia Ballet Company. He recently performed on Yale's Horowitz Series with Pianist Boris Berman. With the Amphion String Quartet he has performed recently on the Schneider Concert Series at the New School, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the WMP Strad for Lunch Series and the Chelsea Art Museum in New York City.
As an avid orchestral musician, Southorn recently served as Assistant Concertmaster of the Santa Domingo Festival Orchestra under the direction of Phillipe Entremont. He has experience performing under the direction of such world-renowned conductors as James Levine, Michael Tilson Thomas, Kurt Masur, Jaime Laredo, Donald Runnicles, Helmuth Rilling, Andre Previn, Sir Andrew Davis, Bernard Haitink, and Peter Oundijian among others. He has performed in such orchestras as the Boston Symphony, the New World Symphony and is currently a member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, New York Classical Players and the Salome Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Southorn has performed in numerous music festivals including the Banff Music Centre, Spoleto Festival USA, New York String Orchestra Seminar, Kneisel Hall and twice as a Fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center. As a member of the Amphion String Quartet he has performed at the Beethoven Institute at Mannes and Music@Menlo. This past summer he performed extensively with the Amphion Quartet at Chamber Music Northwest and OK Mozart Festivals, where he also had the opportunity to collaborate with such musicians as David Shifrin, Paul Neubauer, Anne-Marie McDermott, Peter Wiley as well as Ani and Ida Kavafian
Mr. Southorn is a recent graduate of the Manhattan School of Music where he received a Professional Studies Certificate in Orchestral Performance under the guidance of Glenn Dicterow and Lisa Kim. He received both an Artist Diploma and Master of Music from the Yale School of Music under the tutelage of Ani Kavafian. Southorn received his Bachelor of music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as a student of Camilla Wicks, Ian Swensen and Wei He.
This summer he will be performing at the OK Mozart Festival with such musicians as Ani Kavafian, Paul Neuebauer, Peter Wiley and Orion Weiss. He will be in residence with the Amphion Quartet for five weeks at Chamber Music Northwest where he will have the opportunity to collaborate with such musicians as Edgar Meyer and the Tokyo String Quartet. The quartet will then spend the first three weeks of August at La Jolla's SummerFest where they will perform alongside such musicians as Violist James Dunham and Harpist Deborah Hoffman.