Originally from Oslo, Norway, Concertmaster David Coucheron began playing violin at the age of three. Mr. Coucheron joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as Concertmaster in September 2010.
Mr. Coucheron earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, his Master of Music from the Juilliard School, and his Master of Musical Performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with teachers including Igor Ozim, Aaron Rosand, Lewis Kaplan, and David Takeno.
Throughout his career, Mr. Coucheron has worked with conductors such as Robert Spano, Alan Gilbert, Michael Tilson Thomas, Simon Rattle, Mstislav Rostropovich, David Zinman, Roger Norrington, Simone Young, and Charles Dutoit, and performed as a soloist with orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (Maxim Vengerov conducting), the Sendai Symphony Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. He has played solo recitals at the Oslo Chamber Music Festival, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall (London), the Kennedy Center, the Olympic Winter Games (Salt Lake City, Utah), as well as in Beograd, Serbia, and Shanghai, China. Mr. Coucheron’s chamber music performances have included appearances at Suntory Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Oslo Chamber Music Festival, and Alice Tully Hall. His recordings with sister, and pianist, Julie Coucheron, include “David and Julie” (Naxos/Mudi), and “Debut” (Naxos). Some of his awards and recognitions are first prize at the Concorso Internazionale di Musica “Citta di Pinerolo” Competition in 2009 (Turin, Italy), first prize at The Princess Astrid Competition in 2002 (Trondheim, Norway), and Third Prize at the Manchester International Violin Competition in 2005 (Manchester, U.K.).
Mr. Coucheron plays a 1725 Stradivarius.
This Inside the Winners’ Circle special presentation also features , for the first time, two guests co-hosts, Joyce’s son Alex Bone & good buddy Brett Jones. They ask David the questions sent in by the 6th grade orchestra students of Pinckneyville Middle School under the tutelage of the school’s Orchestra Director Lauren Pittman.