David Castro-Balbi

Date of birth: 10.12.1993
Instrument: violin
Nationality: French
Competition: International Louis Spohr Competition for Young Violinists, 2013
Prize: 1st Prize, EMCY Prize
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David was born into a family of long musical tradition. He began playing the violin at the age of five at Besançon Conservatory in Bernard Mauppin’s class where he got his diploma in musical studies (DEM) at the age of 13. In 2007 he was accepted at Paris Conservatory in the class of Larissa Koloss. He received his Prix Supérieur unanimously two years later. Also in 2009 he entered Svétlin Roussev’s class at the CNSMDP. Furthermore, he is a founding member of Trio Suyana which got accepted in ‘Quatuor Ysave’ chamber music at Paris Conservatory.

David has been chosen at the age of 15 to play with l’Académie Internationale de Musique at Victorial Hall in Geneva, and at the Théâtre du Champs Elysées in Paris under the conduction of Seiji Ozawa in June and July 2009.

He was awarded several 1st Prizes in national and international solo violin contests and chamber music. He won 1st Prize at the Young Artist Competition in Colorado (USA) and at the Mirecourt International Violin Contest where he played Mendelssohn’s Concerto in E Major conducted by Jacques Mercier with the National Orchestra of Lorraine. He is also laureate and received the audience award at the international Jeunesses musicales de Belgrade contest where he performed Shostakovich’s Concerto for Violin No. 1 with Belgrade’s Radio-Television Orchestra. In 2012 he played Saint-Saëns’s Concerto (Op. 20) for violin and orchestra and Havanaise with the Bordeaux’s string ensemble conducted by Jean-Jacques Kantorow.

In 2012 he succeeded at the Académie Internationale des cimes de Val d’Isère in Larissa Koloss’ class. He won the 1st and 4 special prizes, among them the EMCY Prize, at the International Louis Spohr Competition for Young Violinists in Weimar in 2013.

In chamber music, he received the 2nd Prize and a special Prize for best interpretation of a contemporary work imposed at the International ‘Franz Schubert und die Musique der Moderne’ contest in Graz (Austria) and the 1st Prize at Bacewic International Contest in Lodz (Poland) with Trio Suyana.

David is currently studying at the HFM Hanns Eisler in Berlin (Germany) with Kolja Blacher. David plays a violin that was specially made for him by Jacques Fustier, offered by CIC Nord and Fondation de Lille.


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J.S. Bach, Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2
J.S. Bach, Partita No. 2
A.Bazzini , La ronde des Lutins
L. van Beethoven, Sonatas Nos. 1,2,5 and 9
E. Benzecry, Introduction et caprice
C. Debussy, Sonata
A. Dvorak, Sonatina
M. de Falla, Danse Espagnole
C. Franck, Sonata
E. Grieg, Sonata in C minor
F. Kreisler, Prelude and Allegro
F. Kreisler, Recitativo und Scherzo Caprice
B. Mantovani, Happy Hours
L. Maric, Sonata Fantasia
W.A. Mozart, All Sonatas
N. Paganini, Capriccio Nos. 1, 5, 20 and 24
K. Penderecki, Cadenza
S. Prokofiev, Sonata No. 1
M. Ravel, Sonata for Violin and Piano
M. Ravel, Sonata for Violin and Cello
M. Ravel, Tzigane
C. Saint-Saens, Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
C. Saint-Saens, Havanaise
P.Sarasate, Zigeunerweisen
P.Sarasate, Zapateado
P.Sarasate, Carmen Fantasy
P.Sarasate, Introduction Tarentelle
P.Sarasate, Romanza andalusa
P.Sarasate, Capriccio Basque
P.Sarasate, Airs Espagnols
P.Sarasate, Playera
P.Sarasate, Navarra
F. Schubert, Sonatinas
F. Waxman, Carmen Fantasy
H. Wieniawski, Variations sur un thème original
E. Ysaye, Sonate No. 2

Chamber music

L. van Beethoven, Trios Nos. 1, 2, 3 and the Geister Trio
J. Brahms, Piano Quintet in F minor
J. Brahms, Trios Nos. 1,2 and 3
J. Brahms, String Sextet (Op. 18)
A. Dvorak, Trio in B flat Major
A. Dvorak, Quatuor Américain (1st violin)
A. Dvorak, Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major (Op. 81; 1st and 2nd violin)
J. Haydn, Trio in E Major
J. Hayden, Trio in C Major
J. Haydn, Quartet in D Major ‘Lark’ (1st violin)
F. Mendelssohn, Trios Nos. 1 and 2
W.A. Mozart, All trios
W.A. Mozart, Quartet in D minor (1st violin)
S. Rachmaninov, Trio Elegiaque Nos. 1 and 2
M. Ravel, Trio
F. Say, Space Jump
F. Schubert, Trio No. 2
F. Schubert, Der Tod und das Mädchen (1st and 2nd violin)
F. Schubert, Quintet in C Major (Op. 163; 1st violin)
D. Shostakovich, Trios Nos. 1 and 2
B. Smetana, Trio
P. Tchaikovsky, Trio (Op. 50)

With orchestra

J.S. Bach, Concerto in A minor
J.S. Bach, Concerto in E Major
J.S.Bach, Concerto for two Violins (1st and 2nd)
L. van Beethoven, Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello
J. Brahms, Double Concerto for Violin and Cello
M. Bruch, Concerto in G minor (Op. 26)
E. Lalo, Symphonie Espagnole
F. Mendelssohn, Concerto in E minor
W.A. Mozart, Concerto in A Major
W.A. Mozart, Concerto in D Major
W.A. Mozart, Concerto in G Major
W.A. Mozart, Symphonie Concertante
C. Saint-Saens, Concerto No. 3
D. Shostakovich, Concerto No. 1
J. Sibellius, Concerto
P. Tchaikovsky, Concerto in D Major
H. Vieuxtemps, Concerto No. 4
A. Vivaldi, Concerto in A minor
A. Vivaldi, Concerto for Two Violins (1st and 2nd)
A. Vivaldi, Concerto for four violins
A. Vivaldi, The four seasons
H. Wieniawsky, Concerto No. 2 in D minor

If you are interested in working with David, please get in touch with the EMCY Office.
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