Dr. David Wallace

Dr. David Wallace improvises solos like “Jimmy Page fronting Led Zeppelin” (New York Times). A composer, Texas-style fiddler, and musician fluent in rock, classical, jazz, and more, Doc Wallace chairs Berklee College of Music’s String Department. Previously, he enjoyed fourteen years as Juilliard professor, and seventeen years as New York Philharmonic Teaching Artist.

David is an internationally-touring musician; an award-winning composer; and a master teaching artist who has performed, consulted, and authored curricula for dozens of performing arts institutions, including Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Tanglewood Music Festival.

David has also gained widespread acclaim for his ability to connect with audiences in diverse community settings. Symphony Magazine declares his Berklee Press book Engaging the Concert Audience: A Musician’s Guide to Interactive Performance “an invaluable manual for all musicians, classical or otherwise.”  Never content to let music remain in the concert hall, David actively brings his artistry to venues like schools, hospitals, psychiatric facilities, homeless shelters, houses of worship, and prisons.

David’s Texas-style string band, The Doc Wallace Trio, recently released Live at the Cornelia Street Café. His classical flute-viola-harp trio Hat Trick received a 2018 Grammy nod as their debut record, Garden of Joys and Sorrows, was one nine records earning David Frost a Producer of the Year, Classical Grammy.  David Wallace also plays viola in the klezmer / world-fusion jam band, Yale Strom’s Broken Consort, which released Shimmering Lights in 2018.

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What to expect in David’s classes:

  • Strategies for becoming a fluent, creative improviser and composer
  • Shortcuts and secrets to better tone and technique
  • Life hacks that help you to achieve peak performance
  • Insights into iconic rock solos
  • Advanced classes on learning his signature electric compositions