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I am a violinist with a passion for teaching, chamber music, and research in string pedagogy.

Award-winning violinist David Bester is active as a soloist, chamber musician and recording artist. He has performed with the Cape Town-, KwaZulu Natal-, Gauteng Philharmonic- and Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestras (ECPO) and regularly plays as a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Namur and the Amici Quartet. As the Concertmaster and Artistic Director of the ECPO, David helps develop and showcase music by local composers. David is passionate about discovering new music and exploring the creative ground where styles and genres intersect.


Having studied at Stellenbosch University (South Africa) and the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp (Belgium), David's teachers included Alissa Margulis, Suzanne Martens, Pavel Vernikov, Barnabás Kelemen, Frank Stadler and Jan Repko. These players and pedagogues have shaped his own approach to playing and teaching. Currently the head of strings at Nelson Mandela University, David supervises postgraduate students and creates opportunities for young string players to work closely alongside professional musicians.

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