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One of the most promising Portuguese Canadian clarinetists of his generation. Distinguishing himself with his sensitive playing, David maintains an international schedule as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player.
Born in Montreal, Canada, David was raised by a Portuguese family, before they moved back to Portugal, where he started his musical education. He studied at the Escola Professional de Música de Viana do Castelo and at the Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo of Porto, with Professors Iva Barbosa and Antonio Saiote. David holds a Master of Music in Performance and a Soloist Diploma from the Musik Akademie der Stadt Basel (Switzerland), under the tutelage of Francois Benda, in addition to an Artist Diploma from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montreal, in the clarinet classes of Jean-François Normand and Alain Desgagné.
A grand-prize winner of both the “Prix d’Europe” and Canadian Music Competition’s “Stepping Stone” competitions in 2016, he has earned many other distinctions, including 1st prizes at “Kiefer Hablitzel” Competition, Bern (Switzerland), "Fernando Raínho Valente" Competition, Aveiro (Portugal), International Young Artist Competition, Vancouver (Canada), “Terras de La Salette” Competition, Oliveira de Azeméis (Portugal), 2nd prize at “Concours National d’Exécution Musicale”, Riddes (Switzerland), among others.
David is regularly invited to perform orchestrally with several orchestras, most notably the Schweizer Jugend Sinfonie Orchester, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Hyogo Performing Center Orchestra (Japan), Macau Symphonic Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Portuguese Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Zurich, Musikkollegium Winterthur Orchestra and Basler Festival Orchester (Switzerland). He was contracted as solo clarinet during the seasons of 2015 to 2018 with Sinfonieorchester Basel and very recently he is the new co-principal clarinet at the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. As a soloist, he has performed with the Orchestre National des Jeunes de Montreal, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Kammerorchester Basel, Orchestre Metropolitain de Montreal, Orchestre Symphonique de Drummondville, Edmonton Symphonic Orchestra (Canada), among others. He is a Jeunesse Musicale Canada artist and also at the Musikdorf Ernen Festival, Switzerland.
In addition to his erudite standard classical concerts, David also participates in theatrical performances as a musician-actor, where the music, the dance and the theatre combine together in one unique voice. He has performed in Karlheinz Stockhausen’s renowned opera “Donnertstag aus Licht” at the Basel Theater, in the production “Rei Édipo” at the Teatro Nacional D. Maria II in Lisbon, as well as numerous performances of Anders Hillborg’s dramatic Clarinet Concerto, “Peacock Tales”.
1st prize from the OPUS 30 Chamber Music Competition in Joliette, Quebec (Canada) with the ensemble “Made in Trio”.
Debut with the Gulbenkian Orchestra as freelancer playing Mahler‘s third symphony as Eb clarinet player.
Back into theatrical performances with a new show named “Alice Trough the Looking Glass” with it's première at the Dewan Philharmonic Petronas, Malaysia.
Release of his first album with the label Analekta and his “Philon Trio” ensemble with the eight pieces op. 83 by Max Bruch.