The Aspen String Trio

Perry possesses a sweet, pure tone and unerring technique that, for all of its flawlessness, never seems to call attention to itself. He played with an unwavering expressiveness that never compromised the essential elegance and refinement of Haydn’s score.”
—Chicago Tribune

About violinist David Perry

Cellist Michael Mermagen

Violinist DAVID PERRY enjoys an international career as chamber musician, soloist, and teacher. Mr. Perry has performed in Carnegie Hall, most of the major cultural centers of North and South America, Europe, and the Far East. His Naxos recording of the Pleyel Violin Concertos was recently designated CD Pick of the Week by WETA-FM and has garnered rave reviews. Other solo recordings are on the Sonos and Sonari labels.

As first violinist of the Pro Arte Quartet, Mr. Perry performs live broadcasts on Wisconsin Public Radio, tours extensively throughout the U.S. and Japan and has made numerous recordings. He served on the artist-faculty of the Aspen Music Festival where for many years he was concertmaster of the Aspen Chamber Symphony. He was a founding member of the Aspen Ensemble which concertized internationally. Concertmaster of the Chicago Philharmonic, Perry has served as guest concertmaster with such groups as the China National Symphony Orchestra, the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, and the American Sinfonietta. An active member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra for many years, he participated in many of that ensemble’s Deutsche Grammophon recordings.

Artist-in-Residence and Professor of Violin at the University of Wisconsin School of Music, Mr. Perry was granted a Paul Collins Endowed Professorship in 2003. A 1985 U. S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, his first prizes have included the International D'Angelo Competition, National MTNA Auditions, and the Juilliard Concerto Competition.

A native of Illinois, his early training was with John Kendall and Almita Vamos, followed by studies with Dorothy DeLay, Paul Kantor, and Masao Kawasaki at the Juilliard School. Thanks to the Nathan McClure Opportunities Fund, Mr. Perry plays on a 1711 Franciscus Gobetti violin, arranged by Chancellor John Wiley and the UW Foundation.