Prior to being appointed Music Director of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra in June 2011, Marc David spent 19 seasons as the NSO’s Principal Conductor.  He has now stepped down from the Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil where he was Artistic Director for 25 years and was Music Director and Conductor of the Sherbrooke Symphony Orchestra from 1988 to 1995.  As guest conductor, Marc David has worked with 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 Orquestra da Camara de Bellas Artes (Mexico), the Bangor Symphony (USA), the Fribourg Youth Orchestra (Switzerland).

In October 2007, Marc David received the Tribute to a Builder of the Arts award at the first Cultural Gala of the City of Longueuil. 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 (2002 to date), the Boards of Directors of Orchestras Canada (1997-2003), and chairing the Quebec regional council of the Canadian Music Centre (2002-03).


How many years have you been with the NSO?

28 years

Who is your favourite composer?

Bach, Mozart and Beethoven. I really enjoy conducting the masterworks from the 19th century (Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Mahler).

What's the best NSO concert you have seen or been a part of?

Our performances of Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 (MW IV 2014), Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade (MW III 2017) and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (MW IV 2018) are certainly up there.


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