David Halen

Instrumental Focus

  • violin

David Halen is concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony under Music Director David Robertson. Additionally, Mr. Halen is professor of violin at the University of Michigan, as well as visiting distinguished artist at the McDuffie Center for Strings in Macon, Georgia. Halen earned his Bachelor’s degree at the age of nineteen, studying with his father, and was granted a Fulbright scholarship for study at the Freiburg Hochschule für Musik in Germany, the youngest recipient of this award. An AMFS alumnus, he served as assistant concertmaster with the Houston Symphony from 1982–1991, and joined the St. Louis Symphony in 1995. He has performed most of the major concertos in St. Louis, at the WDR in Cologne where he taught and served as concertmaster, and with the orchestras of San Francisco, Detroit, and Toronto, and at the Manhattan School of Music, Indiana University, the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, and the New World Symphony. Halen is the co-founder and artistic director of the Innsbrook Institute, a week-long festival in June, and is artistic director of the Missouri River Festival of the Arts. He plays on a 1753 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin made in Milan, Italy.