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David France is an active performer, innovative educator, and visionary leader. He is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music’s prestigious Sistema Fellows Program. The fellowship trains passionate socially minded musicians to become leaders in the movement to bring “Music for Social Change” programs to the United States. Mr. France is currently the executive director of Revolution of Hope, a world-class youth orchestra in the underserved Boston neighborhood of Roxbury.

In 2012 he was invited to Venezuela to teach in their world-renowned program affectionately known as El Sistema. In Caracas he worked with a youth orchestra in Montalban and violin students in barrios outside of the city. He taught master classes and gave violin lessons in Barquisimeto, Guarico, and Coro. While in Valle de la Pascua he conducted a daylong seminar for the violinists in the city. He also performed with Espirtu Barroco Venezolano, which is the new Baroque ensemble in Caracas.

Mr. France is enthusiastic about seeing El Sistema flourish in the United States. He has taught at El Sistema inspired programs in the United States including Play on Philly in Philadelphia and has been a consultant to the genesis of programs around the country.

Before moving to Boston he taught in Bermuda, where he enthusiastically encouraged over 300 kids to study the violin at the Bermuda School of Music and through partner outreach programs at low income schools on the island. In the fall of 2011 he was invited by the government of Costa Rica to conduct master classes for their newly founded music for social change initiative, SiNEM.

In the United States he has taught at The Saint Joseph School of Music, The Saint Paul Conservatory of Music, and at Wichita State University.

Mr. France has performed with a number of orchestras including the Wichita Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, The Ubuntu-Shruti Orchestra, and the Sphinx Symphony. In the fall of 2009 he performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Bermuda Festival Orchestra. Also in 2009 he was selected via an online audition to be one of the Concertmasters of the first ever Youtube Symphony which performed to a sold out audience at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. His avantgarde videos are also widely popular on the website and have gained him recognition on many national and international programs including The CBS Early Show, CNN, BBC News, and Al Jazeera English. He has also been featured in Time Magazine, Strings Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal.

His versatility as a performer is seen in his collaborations with some of today’s most popular artists including Kenny Rogers, John Legend, Smokey Robinson, Josh Groban and Grammy award winning producer Quincy Jones.

His work in the film and television industry include an internship with Smooth Feather Productions, The Gayle King Show, and he appears as himself in the documentary “Harmony: The Road to Carnegie Hall” by director Stephen Higgins.

His Bermuda based classical guitar-violin duo, Southwood-France, opened the 2009 Kodai Kanal International Music Festival in Kodai Kanal, India. While in India he conducted master classes, coached chamber groups, and gave pedagogy workshops to the string faculty.

He has studied with Sally O’Reilly at the University of Minnesota and currently studies with Roland and Almita Vamos.