David Burton – Leader

David cropDavid Burton started learning the violin at the age of nine in one of Britain’s earliest Suzuki Croups (a revolutionary Japanese method of learning the violin) with the American teacher Mary Carroll.

Later he studied with Trevor Jones and played in the British Youth Symphony Orchestra. He then went on to study with John Ludlow at the Royal College of Music, and finally graduated with distinction from the National Centre for Orchestral Studies. He has also studied conducting with John Forster and Richard Dickens.

After spending two chilly years with the lcelandic Symphony Orchestra and lcelandic Opera, he returned to London where he established himself as a freelance orchestral player and teacher. ln addition to leading the Redhill Sinfonia, he also leads the Henley Symphony Orchestra and until recently the Arion Orchestra. He teaches a wide range of ages and abilities from complete beginners to National Youth Orchestra and diploma standard, and finds both ends of the  spectrum equally challenging and rewarding! He has been a tutor on the Spring Holiday for Strings residential course for the last ten years. As a soloist, David has appeared with several orchestras: in 2006, with the Redhill Sinfonia, he stood in for a performance of the Bach Double with only 36 hours notice, and in the following year he  played the Lark Ascending. He was the violin soloist in the orchestra’s performance of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in March 2014.

David has a great love of chamber music and is fortunate enough to have been involved with many excellent groups. As a founder member of the Hammig String Quartet, he has toured throughout Britain, performing a vast range of repertoire.

David lives in Bromley with his wife Jane, a viola player, and his two sons: George, who is studying music technology and composition at West London University,  and Tim, a cellist.