David Quiggle

The Viola Studio of

David Quiggle

Assistant Professor, Performance Studies
Faculty, School of Music

Phone:(607) 274-3639
Office:2305 James J Whalen Ctr for Music
Ithaca, NY 14850

Born in the Pacific northwest, American violist David Quiggle now resides in Ithaca, NY. He comes to Ithaca from Spain, where he has been a leading violist, chamber musician and teacher for more than 20 years.  As a member of the Casals Quartet he toured Europe and South America, and won top prizes in the London, Hamburg, and Paolo Borciani string quartet competitions. He has performed in chamber music festivals across the globe, and recent solo performances include the Bartok Viola Concerto with the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, Hindemith´s “Der Schwanendreher” with the Medellin Philharmonic, and Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with Gordan Nikolic and the bandArt Chamber Orchestra in Madrid. He is one of the founders and the principal viola of bandArt, and has been a frequent guest principal with groups such as the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, or the London Philharmonic. 

David studied violin, viola, and string quartet at the Vancouver Academy of Music, the New England Conservatory, and the Musikhochschule of Cologne.  His teachers include Walter Trampler, Gwen Thompson, Walter Levine, and the members of the Alban Berg Quartet.

When not playing classical music, David actively explores other musical genres, which has led to collaborations with many of Spain´s leading musicians and dancers. 

Since 2006, David has been working with the SaludArte Foundation on projects that include concerts and workshops for people with special needs, in situations of social exclusion, or in hospitals or prisons. In collaboration with SaludArte, Lisarco Dance, and the New World Symphony, he took part in the collective creation of "Synergy," a show for four musicians and five dancers that includes functionally diverse artists. "Synergy" was premiered in June of 2013 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and since has been staged in Barcelona, Valladolid, and Madrid. Upcoming shows and workshops are planned for San Sebastian, Jerusalem, and Ramallah.

However, his true passion for many years has been teaching. He has coached youth orchestras in Spain, France, Venezuela, Colombia, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the USA, and was viola teacher for ten years at the Musikene Conservatory in San Sebastian, Spain. Currently he is teaching viola and chamber music at Ithaca College.


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