David Coucheron biography

David Coucheron, with his 1725 Stradivarius, joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as Concertmaster in September 2010. At the time, he was 25, and the youngest concertmaster among any major U.S. orchestra.

Throughout his career, David Coucheron has worked with conductors including ASO Music Director Robert Spano, Michael Tilson Thomas, Simon Rattle, Mstislav Rostropovich, David Zinman, Roger Norrington, Simone Young, and Charles Dutoit. David also serves as the Artistic Director for the Kon-Tiki Classical Music Fest in Oslo, Norway.

Solo recitals and recordings

David has played solo recitals at the Oslo Chamber Music Festival, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall (London), the Kennedy Center, the Olympic Winter Games (Salt Lake City, Utah), as well as in Beograd, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Serbia, Singapore, and Shanghai.  His recordings with his sister, pianist Julie Coucheron , include ”David and Julie” and ”Debut”.

Awards and background

Some of his awards include first prize at the Concorso Internazionale di Musica “Citta di Pinerolo” competition (Italy), and first prize at the Princess Astrid Competition (Norway).  Originally from Oslo, Norway, David began playing violin at the age of three. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from The Curtis Institute of Music, his Master of Music from The Juilliard School, and his Master of Musical Performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.