He is a violinist and concertmaster born in Bellevue. Ohio and raised in Missouri. His father was violin professor at the Central Missouri State University and he started to learn the violin at six years of age with his parents. He took further studies at the Freiburg Hochschule fur Musik in Germany on a Fulbright Scholarship awarded after being the youngest person to win the Music Teachers National Association Competition.
On his return he became an assistant concertmaster with the Houston Symphony Orchestra in 1983. In 1991 he became a member of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and he was awarded the position of concertmaster there in 1995 where he worked with Leonard Slatkin among others.
As a solo violinist his abilities have been employed by the San Francisco, Houston, West German Radio and St. Louis Symphonies and as a co-founder and Artistic Director of the Innsbruck Institute.
In an educational capacity he speaks at National Endowment for the Arts’ workshops, is a visiting artist to Yale University and a Distinguished Artist of Mercer University’s McDuffie Center for Strings. He has also held the position of Professor of Violin at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance.
David Halen Recordings
Romance for Violin and Piano, Op.9
AAM 8155 (CD: Salut D’Amour, Romantic Works for Violin and Piano)
Violin – David Halen
Piano – Peter Henderson
Here he is discussing his father and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto…