David Douglass

David Douglass, a founding member of The Newberry Consort, was appointed the ensemble’s Director and Musician-in-Residence at the Newberry Library in 2007. A regular with the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, David has also performed with the Parley of Instruments (London), Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (Toronto), Concerto Palatino (Bologna, Italy), The Folger Consort (Washington D.C.), and the Waverly Consort (NewYork City), among others. He has toured extensively, performing in festivals in Holland, Spain, England, Italy, and Germany as well as in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. First trained as a modern violinist, then as a baroque violinist, David soon became interested in early bowed strings such as rebec and vielle, as well viola da gamba and violone.  During his 40-year career performing chamber and orchestral music from the medieval period through the high Baroque, he found a special focus in his groundbreaking work in the field of early violin performance. He was the first to develop a historical technique producing “a distinctively ‘Renaissance’ sound and style for the violin” (Fanfare). He founded and directed The King’s Noyse, a Renaissance violin band, to explore and reconstruct the repertoire of early string bands.  Mr. Douglass has recorded extensively for harmonia mundi usa, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Virgin, Erato, BMG, Berlin Classics, and Auvidis/Astrée labels. David contributed the chapters on violin to the Renaissance and Seventeenth-Century volumes in Schirmer’s Performer’s Guide series, and his essays on the early violin can be found in Strings Magazine.

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