Violist David Creswell has been an integral part of the music scene in and around New York City for more than 25 years, with experience that spans nearly every musical style and setting from solo performance to orchestral work and opera, recording studio to the stage, and from classical to contemporary musical traditions.
Principal violist of the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, David has also been Principal Violist of numerous symphonic and opera orchestras as well as performances with the American Ballet Theater Orchestra, the Mostly Mozart Festival, and the NY Choral Society. David plays frequently with the NY Philharmonic, both at Avery Fisher Hall and in other world-class venues in the US and abroad. David is a core member of the Chamber Players of the Greenwich Symphony and has played in other chamber ensembles alongside artists such as Kathleen Battle, Sidney Harth, and Anthony Newman.
David has roots firmly established in the pits of Broadway, where currently he plays both viola and violin for the bluegrass musical “Bright Star” by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. Among the other 30+ Broadway productions he has played with are “Les Misérables” “Caroline, or Change,” “The Color Purple,” and “South Pacific” at Lincoln Center, as well as Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies” from the Kennedy Center. Moreover, David appears on numerous film and television soundtracks, including NBC’s live performances of “Peter Pan” and “The Sound of Music”, as well as musical collaborations with Sting, David Byrne, Rufus Wainwright, and many others.
A dedicated music educator, David maintains an active private teaching studio and collaborates on pedagogical projects for collegiate students at the Juilliard School, including a popular course in eurhythmics that he developed. Furthermore, he is the co-developer and leader of a lecture series that explores the intersections of tuning and mathematics. Finally, David actively writes new arrangements of established chamber works, thereby expanding and diversifying the viola repertoire to match the technical caliber of today’s talented young violists.