Dr. David Wallace

David WallaceDr. David Wallace – The New York Times compares David’s solo improvisations to “Jimmy Page fronting Led Zeppelin.” After fourteen years as a professor at the Juilliard School in NYC, Doc Wallace is the Chair of the String Department at Berklee College of Music in Boston. A Senior Teaching Artist for the New York Philharmonic, 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.

A short list of David’s clients and presenters includes Carnegie Hall, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Tanglewood Music Festival, Young Audiences, Midori and Friends, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh Symphony.

Known for his mastery of eclectic styles ranging from all classical genres to fiddling, rock, and free jazz, David has also gained widespread acclaim for his ability to connect with audiences in diverse community settings. Never content to let music remain in the concert hall, David actively brings his artistry to schools, hospitals, psychiatric facilities, homeless shelters, houses of worship, and prisons. Symphony Magazine declares his book Reaching Out: A Musician’s Guide to Interactive Performance “an invaluable manual for all musicians, classical or otherwise.”

David’s Texas-style string band, The Doc Wallace Trio, will be releasing a new live album later this year. His classical flute-viola-harp trio Hat Trick, just finished recording a new CD with Grammy-winning producer, David Frost. Hear more at CD Baby. Watch videos of David’s electrifying performances from MWROC 2011 on YouTube

What to expect in David’s classes:

  • Improvising in the free jazz context of New York’s downtown scene
  • Playing the blues and soloing effectively
  • Learning to play Nahum: An Apocalyptic Prophesy for Electric Viola
  • Gaining shortcuts and secrets to better tone and technique
  • Developing compositional and creative ability

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