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David Hult

David Hult
David Hult

Joined the RPO in 1984

David Hult, winner of the Viola Virtuoso Prize at the Hudson Valley International String Artist Competition, balances an active career as a guest soloist and recitalist, a chamber and orchestral musician, and a teacher and adjudicator. A frequent guest of National Public Radio, his performances on the violin and viola have taken him all over the United States and Europe. He has served as both Concertmaster and Principal Viola for numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles.

Hult has performed extensively as solo violist for the Juilliard Chamber Players and the New York Chamber Orchestra. For four seasons he was Assistant Principal viola in the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. As violist with the Hampshire String Quartet and SUNY Geneseo's resident Tremont String Quartet, he commissioned and premiered numerous compositions which have been recorded on the Opus 1, Musical Heritage Society, and Centaur record labels.

As a violinist, Hult has been the Concertmaster of many orchestras including the United Nations Symphony and the Rochester Chamber Orchestra. He has been Concertmaster for numerous Broadway musicals which have featured many of the world's best-known stars. He has also played with Carnegie Hall’s American Symphony Orchestra, the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra, and the Piedmont Chamber Orchestra.

A high school graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, Hult received his bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music, and both his master’s and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Juilliard School, all on scholarship. His former teachers include Ivan Galamian, Millard Taylor, Paul Doktor, and coaching with Josef Gingold, and the Cleveland and Juilliard String Quartets.

Currently, Hult is the Coordinator of Strings at Nazareth College of Rochester where he has been a member of the faculty for the past 17 years. He is also Concertmaster of the Rochester Oratorio Society and has been a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra since 1986 and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra since 1979. For the past 6 years he has been Principal Viola of the Anchorage Festival of Music orchestra. In addition, Hult is a founder and member of two critically acclaimed ensembles - Rhapsodie (a flute, viola, and harp trio) and the Chautauqua Chamber Music Society, where he also serves as the Artistic Director.

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