Born in the Pacific Northwest, American violist David Quiggle now resides in Ithaca, NY. He has been a leading violist, chamber musician and teacher for more than 20 years in Spain. He has been member of the Casals Quartet and member of the mixed chamber ensemble, La Bande de la Loingtaine. He has participated in chamber music festivals across the globe, and recent solo performances include the Bartok Viola Concerto with the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, Hindemith’s “Der Schwanendreher” with the Medellin Philharmonic, and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in Madrid and Valladolid with violinists Gordan Nikolic and Alina Ibragimova. He is one of the founders and the principal viola of Band Art, and has been a frequent guest principal with groups such as the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, or the London Philharmonic. In 2016 he has led the violas of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in two European tours, with conductors Yannick Nezet-Seguin and Andras Schiff.
David studied violin, viola, and string quartet at the Vancouver Academy of Music, the New England Conservatory, and the Musikhochschule of Cologne. His teachers include Walter Trampler, Gwen Thompson, Walter Levin, Louis Krasner, Eugene Lehner, and the members of the Alban Berg Quartet.
When not playing classical music, David actively explores other musical genres, which has led to collaborations with many of Spain´s leading musicians and dancers.
Since 2006, David has been working with the SaludArte Foundation on projects that include concerts and workshops for people with special needs, in situations of social exclusion, or in hospitals or prisons.
As a teacher, he has coached youth orchestras in Spain, France, Venezuela, Colombia, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the USA, and was viola teacher for ten years at the Musikene Conservatory in San Sebastian, Spain. Currently he is a Principal viola at London Philharmonic Orchestra.