Artist in Residence
Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as "vivid and extraordinary," violinist David Ryther has brought his interpretive powers as a soloist to such festivals as the Darmstadt Summer Festival of New Music, the Banff Centre, and the Green Umbrella Series at the Bing Theater in Los Angeles. He has been featured playing new music with adventurous ensembles such as the sfSoundGroup, Earplay, San Francisco Contemporary Players, the Berkeley New Music Ensemble, Sonor, and Octagon. He is also a member of the Circadian String Quartet, a group that specializes in contemporary music. David Ryther graduated with highest honors in music from UC Santa Cruz and recently received his doctorate in contemporary violin performance from UC San Diego. Important mentors of his have included Janos Negyesy, Roy Malan, Roy Oakley, Ravi Shankar, and George Lewis. David Ryther can also be found playing in the Berkeley Symphony and the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. As a music educator, David Ryther is on faculty at the Crowden Center for music in the Community and is Assistant conductor of the Villa Sinfonia, and he is a violin coach with the Berkeley Youth Orchestra. David has had his own compositions premiered around the United States and the world including in Cork Ireland, Scotland, and England and he made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut last summer with the Villa Sinfonia.