David France is an active performer and an innovative educator. In Bermuda, he enthusiastically encouraged over 300 kids to study the violin at the Bermuda School of Music and through partner outreach programs at low income schools on the island. While at the school he prepared island students for two international tours, founded the preparatory orchestra Opus One, and co-founded the summer music festival Bravo! Bermuda.
David has performed with a number of orchestras including the Wichita Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Sphinx Symphony. In the fall of 2009 he performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Bermuda Festival Orchestra.
In 2009 he was selected via an online audition to be one of the Concertmasters of the first ever Youtube Symphony which performed to a sold out audience at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. His avant-garde videos are also widely popular on the website and have gained him recognition on many national and international programs including The CBS Early Show, CNN, BBC News, and Al Jazeera English. He has also been featured in Time Magazine, Strings Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal.
His versatility as a performer is seen in his collaborations with some of today’s most popular artists including Kenny Rogers, John Legend, Smokey Robinson, Josh Groban and Grammy award winning producer Quincy Jones.
His work in the film and television industry include an internship with Smooth Feather Productions, The Gayle King Show, and he appears as himself in the documentary “Harmony: The Road to Carnegie Hall” by director Stephen Higgins.
His Bermuda based classical guitar-violin duo, Southwood-France, opened the 2009 Kodai Kanal International Music Festival in Kodai Kanal, India. While in India he conducted master classes, coached chamber groups, and gave pedagogy workshops to the string faculty.
He studied with Sally O’Reilly at the University of Minnesota and currently studies with Roland and Almita Vamos.