Violinist David Bowlin has been widely recognized as an accomplished interpreter of a broad range of repertoire both old and new, and has won critical acclaim from the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Chicago Sun-Times, among others. His performances have brought him across North America, Europe, and Asia, and include dozens of world premieres. Among these is Mahagoni, a violin concerto written for him by Austrian composer Alexandra Hermentin, in a performance at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall with the Bulgarian Virtuosi. Awards include first prize at the Washington International Competition and the 2007 Samuel Baron Prize from Stony Brook University.
Bowlin is a founding member of the International Contemporary Ensemble, Musical America’s 2014 Ensemble of the Year, and a member of the Oberlin Trio. He is also a former member of the Naumburg Award-winning Da Capo Chamber Players, whose recording of music by Chinary Ung was named one of NPR’s Top 5 Best American Contemporary Classical Albums of 2010. Other recording credits include works of over a dozen major composers for the Bridge, Naxos, Arsis, New Focus, and Mode record labels. His latest solo release on the Oberlin Music label features concerti and solo works by Huang Ruo and Luciano Berio, and upcoming releases will include solo works by Roger Sessions, Mario Davidovsky, and Edgar Guzmán.
Bowlin has performed in live radio broadcasts in major regional markets across the United States, and has been heard in nationwide broadcasts of Performance Today. He has also served as guest concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the IRIS Orchestra.
Currently Bowlin teaches on the violin faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He has also performed and taught at many summer festivals, including Marlboro, Kneisel Hall, the Mannes Beethoven Institute, the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival, Chamberfest Cleveland, and the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival. Major teachers include Roland and Almita Vamos, Ronald Copes, Pamela Frank, Philip Setzer, Ani Kavafian, and Stephen and Kimberly Sims.