VSO Assistant Concertmaster; IN-PERSON & ONLINE LESSONS
David Lakirovich* was born in Brisbane, Australia, and started his violin
studies at the age of three with his father, Jacob Lakirovich. David has
taken part in various master classes with renowned violinists such as Felix
Andrievsky, Nelly Shkolnikova, Jose-Louis Garcia, Pinchas
Zukerman,Victor Tretyakov, Mauricio Fuks, Haim Taub, Pavel Vernikov, and
Michael Frischenschlager. His teachers have included David Zafer in
Toronto, Arkadij Winokurow and Boris Kuschnir in Vienna, Vadim Gluzman
and Shmuel Ashkenasi in Chicago, and William Preucil in Cleveland.
David has performed in many recitals and concerts in Australia, USA,
Canada, Israel and Europe, including solo performances in Weill Recital
Hall in Carnegie Hall, Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv, Stradivari Museum
in Cremona, Italy, along with solo performances with the Vancouver
Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, Scarborough Symphony, York
Symphony, and Chicago College of Performing Arts Symphony Orchestra.
He also performed in the “Young Stars of the Young Century” concert in
George Weston Recital Hall for the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity
Foundation. He performed in a Stradivari Society concert in Chicago,
playing on the 1692 ‘Lord Falmouth’ Stradivari. He has also performed solo
on Chicago WFMT 98.7 Classical Radio on numerous occasions.
A passionate chamber musician, he has collaborated with Peter Salaff,
Shmuel Ashkenasi, Ilya Kaler, Mark Kosower, Atar Arad, William Wolfram,
Alina Ibragimova and Vadim Gluzman. He has also collaborated and
performed with ensembles that include the Pacifica Quartet, Cavani
Quartet, and the Vermeer Quartet, and has performed in the Jupiter
Chamber Players in New York and the North Shore Chamber Music
Festival in Chicago. In 2014, his quartet at the Cleveland Institute of Music
won “Quartet of the Year” in the Hvide Sande Festival in Copenhagen,
Denmark. He has also performed at the Instrumental Society of Calgary
and Vancouver Chamber Music Society on several occasions. David has
participated in and achieved top honours in numerous violin and chamber
music competitions around the world. He was a participant at the Keshet
Eilon International Violin Mastercourse in Israel for two summers, as well
as the Pinchas Zukerman Young Artist Program in Ottawa.
Equally passionate in pedagogy, David Lakirovich was a faculty member of
the Rochetta Ligure Masterclass in Palazzo Spinola, Italy, and has been on
faculty at the Cremona International Music Academy since 2013. In
2017-18, he served on the faculty of the Mount Royal Conservatory in
Calgary, and has given numerous masterclasses and seminars in their
Advanced Performance Program. He also taught at the University of
Calgary the same year. He is currently on faculty at the Vancouver
Academy of Music and the VSO School of Music.
David completed his Undergraduate Degree at the Chicago College of
Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in 2013 with Shmuel Ashkenasi
and Vadim Gluzman, and his Master’s Degree at the Cleveland Institute of
Music in 2015 with William Preucil. He previously served as the Associate
Concertmaster of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio for
3 seasons, and played 3 seasons with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
(2 years as Tutti 1st Violin, and 1 year as the Assistant Concertmaster). He
was also invited to perform as guest Associate Concertmaster with the
Jalisco Philharmonic during the entire summer of 2015 in Guadalajara,
Mexico, as well as Guest Concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony
Orchestra in April and November 2019.
David joined the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra as the new Assistant
Concertmaster at the beginning of the 2018/19 season.