Profile of David Campbell our guest soloist for the Mozart Clarinet Concerto
“Make no mistake, this is exceptional chamber playing” (Gramophone)
David Campbell is internationally recognised as one of Britain’s finest musicians and was described by the late Jack Brymer as “the finest player of his generation”. As a soloist and chamber musician, David has performed in over forty countries with leading orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the English Chamber Orchestra, and ensembles including The Fires of London, Nash Ensemble and London Sinfonietta. He is still involved in orchestral playing in recording sessions for films and television.
His repertoire is wide-ranging from the classics to new works, including many that have been written for him. In July 2009 David and the Solstice Quartet premiered Richard Blackford’s Clarinet Quintet “Full Moon” at MusicFest Aberystwyth with subsequent performances at the Cheltenham International Festival and at the Janácek Festival in Luhacovice, Czech Republic in the summer of 2010.
As well as numerous broadcasts over the past thirty years, David Campbell has recorded many CDs, including the Mozart Concerto, the Brahms and Mozart Quintets and the Brahms Sonatas. David's latest recording of the Finzi concerto has been described as "a quite outstanding and beautiful performance" (Music and Musicians)
In March this year David will feature in Radio 4’s Soul Music, a series exploring famous pieces of music and their emotional appeal.
David has collaborated with some of Britain’s finest chamber musicians. His ensemble with Joanna MacGregor, Madeleine Mitchell and Christopher van Kampen performed and recorded Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps. David particularly enjoys playing with string quartets and has appeared with many of the world’s finest. He has a particular association with two award winning young quartets, the Sacconi Quartet and the Solstice String Quartet of which his son, Jamie, is the leader.
David is passionate about music education. He has given masterclasses in many parts of the world from China to the USA and South America and enjoys giving workshops linked to his recitals.
David Campbell is Artistic Director of MusicFest Aberystwyth and has held the position of Course Director of the International Clarinet Course at Harrogate since 2005. He is the Chairman of the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain, the UK Chair of the International Clarinet Association and is a consultant for Buffet-Crampon clarinets and Vandoren Reeds.