Professor David Strange


Strings - Professor Emeritus of Strings

Distinguished orchestral musician and educator

Former principal cello of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and at the Royal Opera House

Founding member of the Nash Ensemble

David is a musician of international reputation, who has played a significant role in the musical education of young people, with experience and influence in all branches of the profession, and with notable success in inspiring the highest standards of musicianship in performance and teaching, the development of major academic and artistic initiatives and promoting centres of musical excellence throughout the world.

He began his teaching career at the Royal Academy of Music in 1975, when he became a cello professor. He was Head of the String Department from 1997 until 2010, and was conferred as Professor of the University of London in 2002. Many of his students have achieved national and international recognition as principal players in some of Europe’s finest orchestras; others are members of internationally renowned string quartets.

David has been associated with the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) for over thirty years. He was the EUYO’s Director of Studies, with responsibility for the selection and training of the orchestra in preparation for concerts with some of the world’s most eminent conductors. He left this position in December 2013.

He is regularly invited to conduct and give masterclasses throughout Europe and the Far East and has held visiting professorships the Australian National Academy of Music, the Conservatoria Superior de Musica, Salamanca, the Conservatory of Music, Groningen, Holland, and the Conservatoria Superior de Music, Madrid. He visits the Shanghai Conservatoire of Music as a visiting professor each year.

David had a very distinguished playing career. He was a founding member of the Nash Ensemble before joining the Philharmonia Orchestra in 1964. He then became Co-Principal cellist of the London Philharmonic, and Principal Cellist of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1973, appointed by the orchestras chief conductor, Rudolf Kempe. In 1985 he was invited to become the Principal Cellist of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden by Bernard Haitink. After five years he left the Opera House in 1990, to devote more time to conducting and teaching.

He has been a jury member of the International Jeunesses Musicales Cello Competition, the Pierre Fournier Award, the Jacqueline Du Pre International Competition and in 2009 was invited to chair the panel for the Max Rostal International Violin Competition in Berlin. David is a Governor and the Artistic Advisor to Wells Cathedral Specialist Music School in England and is a founding trustee of the National Chamber Music for Schools Competition in the UK.

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