Violinist David Bowlin will begin the role in autumn 2024


Violinist David Bowlin

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The Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, has announced the appointment of David Bowlin as professor of violin. Bowlin will join the faculty in autumn 2024.

’I am thrilled to join the Eastman School of Music’s string faculty this coming fall and to become part of the thriving tradition of outstanding string and chamber music teaching there,’ commented Bowlin.

’I’ve had the fortune of knowing and working with a number of the faculty members for years now, and it is a tremendous honour to be invited to join the department.’

Bowlin currently serves as professor of violin and chair of string studies at Oberlin Conservatory, where he joined the faculty in 2007. As an educator, he has served on the faculty at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival since 2013, the Bowdoin International Music Festival from 2017 to 2020, and the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival from 2010 to 2012.

He has given masterclasses throughout the US and abroad, including in South Korea, China, Australia, Denmark, Norway and Sweden. 

Bowlin is a member of the Oberlin Trio and the Bowlin-Cho Duo. He is also a founding member of the International Contemporary Ensemble and was formerly a member of the Naumburg award-winning Da Capo Chamber Players. Chamber music collaborations include performances as a guest with the Juilliard Quartet; with pianists Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode, Robert McDonald, Jonathan Biss, and Jeremy Denk; and with members of the Emerson and Brentano quartets.

He has made several tours with Musicians from Marlboro and has been a guest artist with organisations including the Boston Chamber Music Society, ChamberFest Cleveland, the Banff Centre, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Ojai, SongFest, Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival, and the Four Seasons festival. 

He has performed as guest concertmaster with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the IRIS Orchestra, the Marlboro Festival Orchestra, and as guest principal with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. 

His solo and chamber music recordings can be found on the Naxos, Bridge, New Focus, Nonesuch, Arsis, Mode, Tundra, Austrian National Radio, and Oberlin Music labels.

Bowlin is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the Juilliard School and Stony Brook University, where he studied with Pamela Frank, Ronald Copes, Philip Setzer, Ani Kavafian, and Roland and Almita Vamos. He won first prize at the 2003 Washington International Competition and the 2007 Samuel Baron Prize at Stony Brook University.

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