David LEFÈVRE is establishing himself as a gifted and dynamic representative of the younger generation of current violonists, through his talent, passion and musical versatility.
After a First Prize with honors at the Montreal Conservatory of Music, he was among the very few performers to be awarded, for three consecutive years, the major scholarship from the Arts Council of Canada. This enabled him to further his studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique of Paris.
After winning the Yehudi Menuhin and George Cziffra Foundations Prizes and obtaining the Premier Grand Prix of Concours International de violon de Douai, David Lefèvre then embarked on his career as soloist: Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Montreal I Musici Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra of the Balearic Islands, Lisbon Gulbenkian Orchestra, London Mozart Players of London and Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra. Among the conductors with whom he has worked are Michel Plasson, Jonathan Darlington, Lawrence Foster, Marek Janowski, Peter Oudjian, Théodor Guschlbauer, Matthias Bamert, Gilbert Varga, Simone Young, and Jean-Claude Casadesus.
Chamber music is also part of David’s musical universe. His regular music partners include such
renowned performers as Roland Pidoux, Patrice Fonatanarosa, Mariel Nordman, Bruno Rigutto, Anne Queffelec, Gary Hoffman and Régis Pasquier, Andrey Yaroshinsky and Nicolas Angelich. He appears regularly at major festivals in France and abroad such as Festival de Besançon, Festival du Domaine Forget, Festival de Lanaudière, Printemps des Arts of Monte-Carlo, The Alghero Festival in Sardinia, Budapest Spring Festival...
While pursuing his career as a soloist and chamber musician, David Lefèvre was First Violin Soloist of Toulouse’s Orchestre National du Capitole from 1993 to 1999. He is First Violin Guest Soloist of Lisbon Gulbenkian Orchestra.
David Lefèvre was associate professor at C.N.S.M. in Paris from 1996 to 2006.
His recordings, released by Solstice, Sonpact and Zig-Zag Territoires have unanimously been acclaimed by French and International critics. Particularly, his rendering of E.W.Korngold and R.Strauss’s violin and piano sonatas, B.Bartok’s sonata for solo violin or F. Schubert’s The Trout quintet were extremely well-received.
From 2008 to 2011, he collaborated with his brother, pianist Alain Lefèvre, with whom he performs regularly in recital both in Canada and in Europe. Their records are universally recognised and received numerous prizes such as: First Prize of Classical Album for the years 2009 and 2010 from the Gala of ADISQ (Quebec), prize for the best classical record 2010 from the Juno Prizes (Canada) as well as the prestigious prize of « Monthly CD » in September 2011 from the Musical Magazine Gramophone.
He has been artistic director of the Val d’Isère MusicaVal Chamber Music Festival since 1996.
David is the First Violin Soloist invited at the Gulbenkian Orchestra of Lisbon.
Since 1999, he has been the First Violin Soloist of Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra.David currently plays a magnificent Nicola Gagliano’s violin dating from 1769 and lent to him by a collector, Emile Delcroix from Tournay.