David Chavez began studies on 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 under full scholarship and stipend as a graduate assistant at The Pennsylvania State University, graduating with a Masters of Music in violin performance. Extending his stay at Penn State for an additional year, David earned 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, in which he participated in many master classes given by such esteemed performers as the Emmerson String Quartet, Kronos String Quartet, Ying String Quartet, and the Aulos Ensemble. David also 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 a live concert 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 served with the Altoona Symphony, The Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, and was Principal Second of the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra. David also served as Assistant Concertmaster in a Concert Tour of China with the Camerata Philadelphia.
Now residing in California, David is currently an active freelance musician and holds the Principle Second chair of the Dana Point Symphony. Recently, David recorded for an Independent film, Loners, and played in a commercial for the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. David has a passion for teaching and sharing his experience and education in music to promote and cultivate young talent, exposing them to the many benefits and joys of the world of music.