David Ehrlich, Violin
Raised in Israel, violinist David Ehrlich started his professional career as concertmaster and soloist with the Tel Aviv Chamber Orchestra and toured as guest soloist with other Israeli chamber orchestras. In the U.S. he became the first non-American to win first prize in the Young Artist Competition of the National Federation of Music Clubs. This resulted in appearances in concerts and recitals throughout the United States, as well as engagements on radio and television. Ehrlich served as concertmaster and soloist of the Colorado festival orchestra, Filarmonica de Caracas, Chicago philharmonic Orchestra, and was associate concertmaster with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
In 1984 he joined the Audubon String Quartet at Virginia Tech as first violinist. With the quartet, Ehrlich toured all over the world, performing on some of the most prestigious series and appearing on radio and television. He conducted master classes/ lectures at New England Conservatory, USC, Oberlin, Cleveland Institute of Music, Chautauqua-NY, Tel Aviv University, Arizona State University, Ireland, Venezuela, Czech Republic, and many others. He has recorded on RCA, Telarc and Centaur labels.
Since 2004, Ehrlich has been serving as a Fellow of Fine Arts at Virginia Tech. As part of Outreach and International Affairs at the university, he is involved in developing music programs at underserved communities of southern and southwest Virginia.
Ehrlich is an annual faculty member, performer, and head of the Intensive Studies course at Ameropa, an international summer music festival in Prague, CZ.
Other annual summer festivals are Red Rocks Music festival, where Ehrlich is the Artistic Advisor, taking place in Sedona and Scottsdale, AZ, and Newbury Chamber Music festival, Newbury, MA.
Together with his wife, Teresa, he founded the Renaissance Music Academy in Blacksburg, VA. Ehrlich is also the Artistic Director of Musica Viva, a chamber music concert series based in Blacksburg, VA.
Ehrlich performs on a violin made by Carlo Bergonzi (1735), through the generosity of the Virginia Tech Foundation.