David MacLean Bio
David MacLean has pursued his love of the violin through many avenues of performance, including studio album and film recordings, local ensembles-for-hire, orchestras, and alternative bands. He has a special love for Celtic and Jazz Fiddle and is always eager to expand his improvisatory styles.
At age four, David began the Suzuki method, which emphasized a natural internalization of the music. David completed these studies with Toronto Symphony Principal Second, Sonia Visante, and Dr. Steve Strawley, but credits his success to his father’s (Terry MacLean) constant devotion, and own love for the instrument. Before beginning his university training after high school, David completed his grade 10 RCM, gained excellent ensemble experience, leading the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra as Concert Master, and won a spot for two seasons studying with conductor Boris Brott at the National Academy Orchestra. While working with German violinist, Annette-Barbara Vogel at the University of Western Ontario’s Performance program, David played with many quartets and ensembles, and continued to refine his own approach to teaching.
David has teacher qualifications in the Suzuki violin method of teaching, and strongly supports it for children as young as 3. His work with the El Sistema program in Los Angeles, while in school, also had a formative impact on his sense of dedication to strings teaching, and to familiarizing young people with the Arts. David currently teaches music with the Fort McMurray Catholic District in Fort McMurray, AB. He plays often for local churches and events, and enjoys scoring religious music for young players.
David, age 30, is from Dunnville, a small town in the Niagara region of Southern Ontario. He enjoys water skiing, biking, and History.