Instrument: 1st Violin
In addition to his position as concertmaster in the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, David Stewart frequently plays as soloist with Scandinavian orchestras and chamber ensembles. He has commissioned and recorded several new works, among others Andrew P. MacDonald’s Concerto For Violin And Orchestra which received the Canadian Juno Award in 1996.
David Stewart played the violin solo in Richard Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben on the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra’s UK tour in 2013. He has played at numerous festivals, for instance Mainly Mozart in San Diego, Domaine Forget, the Sæverud Festival in Maine and Sysman Suvisoitta in Finland.
Stewart has contributed to establishing the Agassiz Chamber Music Festival in Winnipeg, string quartet Quatuor Lumière, and contemporary chamber orchestra BIT20 Ensemble here in Bergen.
David Stewart recently concluded more than 20 years as professor of violin at the University of Ottawa in his native Canada.