Bio

Marc David has held the position of Principal Conductor of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra since 1992 and was appointed Music Director in 2011. Further to stepping down last June after 25 years as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of l’Orchestre Symphonique de Longueuil, he was designated Conductor Emeritus.

As a guest, Marc David has conducted over 50 orchestras across Canada, the United States, Mexico, Switzerland and Asia. His engagements include concerts with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (Canada), the Masan Philharmonic (Korea), the Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan (Mexico), the Orquesta Sinfonica de la Ciudad de Mexico (Mexico), the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra (Canada), the Kichener-Waterloo Symphony (Canada), the Windsor Symphony, the Orquesta da Camara de Bellas Artes (Mexico), the Northwest Florida Symphony (USA), and the Fribourg Youth Orchestra (Switzerland).

In June 2019, Marc David received the Quebec National Assembly Medal for his dedication to the arts during his tenure with l’Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil and was honoured by the City of Longueuil with the Tribute to a builder of the Arts award at the city’s first Cultural Gala in 2007. Also recipient of grants in conducting from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Quebec Ministry of Cultural Affairs, and l’Université de Montréal, he received the Heinz Unger Conducting Award in 1984. David obtained his Bachelor of Music at McGill University in 1983 and has since continued his studies in orchestral conducting at Hartford University (Connecticut) and at l’Université de Montréal where he completed a doctoral degree (new music conducting). He also studied at the Aspen Music Festival and several years at the Pierre Monteux School (Hancock, Maine), where he was Maestro Charles Bruck’s assistant. 

In 2002, Marc David was appointed Adjunct Professor at the School of Music of Memorial University (Newfoundland). Other activities have involved jury work for various competitions and festivals such as the Canadian Music Competition, Prix d’Europe and Jeunesses Musicales Montreal International Competition, as well as sitting on the Artistic Committee of Les Jeunesses musicales du Canada, the Boards of Directors Orchestras Canada, and chairing the Quebec Regional Council of the Canadian Music Centre.

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