20-25.1.14 CPE Bach, Guest leader, Bayerische Kammerorchester, Reinhard Goebel Augsburg, Germany //
26-31.1.14 Vivaldi Concerto for 2 violins, with Tami Troman, Le Palais Royal, Jean-Phillippe Sarcos, Paris //
24-28.2.14 Tchaikovsky, Bruch Orchestre de Bretagne, Darrel Ang Rennes //
12-25.3.14 Haydn, El Mundo della Luna, Le Cercle de l'Harmonie, Jérémie Rhorer, Opéra de Monte-Carlo //
24-26.3.14 Pulcinella, Ophélie Gaillard, CPE Bach, Les Invalides, Paris //
27-31.3.14 Opéra Fuoco, David Stern, Paris //
4-9.4.14 Handel, Le Palais Royal, Jean-Phillippe Sarcos //
13-16.4.14 Combattimento (Monteverdi, Marini...), Ensemble Diderot, Johannes Pramsholer, Sterzing, Italy //
28-29.04.14 Opera Fuoco, David Stern, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris //
7-17.514 Opera Fuoco, David Stern, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris //
27-31.5.14 Le Palais Royal, Jean-Phillippe Sarcos //
1-6.5.14 Opera Fuoco, David Stern, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris //
8.6.14 Jaquet de la Guerre, Leclair, Corelli : Benjamin Narvey, theorbo : Brice Sailly, harpsichord, 38 Riv', Paris //
9-13.6.14 Handel, Le Palais Royal, Jean-Phillippe Sarcos //
1-6.7.14 Insula Orchestra, Laurence Equillibey Dijon, Aix-en-Provence, Paris //
20-23.8.14 Le Palais Royal, Jean-Phillippe Sarcos, Festival Baroque de la Chaise-Dieux //
26-27.9.14 Pulcinella, Ophélie Gaillard, Festival Baroque de Pontoise //
1-12.10.14 Insula Orchestra, Laurence Equillibey, Dijon, Aix-en-Provence, Paris //
25.11.14 Combattimento (Monteverdi, Marini...) Ensemble Diderot, Johannes Pramsholer, Clermont-Ferrand





David Chivers was born in Paris and grew up in London, where he studied at the Guildhall School of Music with David Takeno. He held the post of Assistant Principal 1st violin at the Royal Scottish National Orchestra from 2010-2012. During his tenure he founded and played/directed the RSNO Baroque Ensemble, which was received with critical acclaim.

After a successful career working in top positions with UK orchestras such as the City of Birmigham Orchestra, the Welsh National Opera, the Northern Sinfonia and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, David returned to Paris with his family and shifted the focus of his work towards early music.

Since 2013, he has collaborated with early music ensembles such as Le Poème Harmonique, Les Folies Françoises, Les Nouveaux Caractères, Le Palais Royal, Ensemble Diderot, La Chambre Philharmonique, Insula Orchestra, Opera Fuoco, Pulcinella, and Ensemble Philidor. He was also a member of the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique directed by John Eliot Gardiner from 2007-2012. In 2013-2014 David was invited to lead the Bayerische Kammerorchester for baroque and classical repertoire, conducted by Reinhard Goebel.

David was awarded first prize at the Croydon Concerto Competition in London in 2002. This led to performances of Pablo de Sarasate's Ziegeunerweisen with the Croydon Symphony Orchestra, and the Elgar violin concerto with the Lambeth Symphony Orchestra. In 2006 he performed the Brahms concerto with the Oxford University Orchestra and in 2009 the Tchaikovsky and Sibelius Concertos, with conductor Jason Lai.

In collaboration with young British composer and pianist Nathan Williamson, in 2002 David toured France and the US with a solo violin recital program which included the world première of Open the Doors. From 1999 to 2009, David formed a violin and guitar duo with his father; The Chivers Duo played hundreds of concerts and released two recordings. Other chamber music collaborations include concerts with Antje Weithaas, Jean-Guillen Queyras, Edgar Mayer, and Frederic Chiu.

David plays a Jaques Boquay violin circa 1715, and a baroque violin by the late Pierre Jaquier.




The Chivers Duo - La Oracion del Torero multimedia CD

Joaquin Turina : Euterpes
Joaquin Turina : Oracion del Torrero
Joaquin Rodrigo : Seite Canciones Valencianas
Pablo de Sarasate : Playera
Pablo de Sarasate : Romanza Andaluza
Manuel de Falla : Canciones Populares Espanolas

Recorded 2006, Cucuron, France.
Sound engineer : Jean-Michel Robert
©Pleiades 2006.

The fire and romance of Spain! The Chivers Duo spent a whole year touring this program of 20thC Spanish composers, immersing themselves in the culture. A multimedia CD, when read on a computer (mac or pc) one gains access to the music video Euterpes, interviews with the Chivers Duo on the music, the culture, and their experience as a violin and guitar duo, as well as photo slides of their tour in Spain.



The Chivers Duo

Wenceslas Matiegka : Serenade Op. 19
Mauro Giuliani : Grand Duo Op. 25

Recorded 1999, France.
Sound engineer : Jim Anderson
©Pleiades 1999.

Wenceslas Matiegka was a Viennese composer and guitarist. The charming Serenade Op.19 includes a first movement in pure sonata form, an unexpected 'Fandango' second movement, and a dancy Rondo. Guiliani is the equivalent in the guitar world of Paganini for the violin. In fact they were friends, and it is thought that they wrote the Grand Duo in order to perform together and show off their dazzling virtuosity. Few violin and guitar duos have dared record the entire work!






"The young David Chivers, a talent nourished by the most secure and pure of technical resources … his sound is warm and generous, refined and candid, delicate yet affirmed, a murmur that speaks to us of other places."
Benito Pellegrin, ‘Le Monde’


"The musical quality of this virtuoso made of this concert a blessed moment. "
La Provence


"What beauty, what virtuosity! Last Sunday, David Chivers offered an extraordinary concert in the arms room of Ancy-le-Franc Castle. A magic moment by the young English violinist, who was given carte blanche as by the tradition of Musicany concerts. With great sensitivity and talent, he interpreted Biber’s passacaglia in honour of the 300th anniversary of his death. Followed a work by Jean Martinon and then, a world première work by the English composer Nathan Williamson, Open the Doors. This was a piece written specially for David, by the young composer born in Cambridge, who recently received the prestigious Presser Music Award. The program ended with the 1st sonata by Eugène Ysaÿe, and the public, once again in good numbers, was highly pleased."
Yonne Républicaine, 2004


"The violinist David Chivers and pianist Nicolas Stavy charmed a large audience and reaped a well-deserved standing ovation. French music had a place of honour at this concert with beautiful sonatas by Fauré, Debussy and the great César Franck. A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music, David Chivers is a full artist with magnificently developed technical and musical qualities. His wonderful intonation is paired with far-reaching sonorities. He reminds one of the young Joshua Bell. He is obviously at ease with Fauré’s romantic musicality. Together with his chamber partner, his majestic interpretation of the Debussy sonata remains one of the strong moments of the evening. All the pictorial talents of Debussy were perfectly rendered by the two artists. Such is their symbiosis that it is hard to believe they are playing together for the first time. Let us hope this meeting with be the first of many future projects!"
La Marseillaise, 2004


"I have had the pleasure of performing chamber music in concert with him, and have come away truly impressed with his musicianship and his character. David is both dedicated to music and music-making to a high degree. His musical tastes are both refined and diverse, and he has a certain adventurousness about him that translates well into his playing."
Frederic Chiu, pianist.


"I was intrigued to discover as much as I could about the performance of such a 'period piece' by a modern symphony orchestra, and attended the excellent pre-concert talk, given by David Chivers (RSNO Assistant Principal Violin). He stressed the contribution of the guest conductor, Sir Roger Norrington, to the historically informed performance movement. Unlike 'authentic' performance, requiring 'period instruments', Norrington's approach is concerned solely with approach to playing - particularly, the avoidance of vibrato. Omnipresent vibrato as a default emerged, Chivers informed us, only in the 1930s. Therefore, this moveable feast of pitch and projection would be absent from the entire evening's programme - its absence made up for by an intensification of the bow's contribution to articulation. Chivers also pointed out that half of the available rehearsal time had been spent on the Rameau. The energy in the performance suggested that this was time very well spent.
Alan Coady, bachtrack.com, 2012


"David Chivers is a complete artist, with great musical and technical qualities. His playing is perfectly in tune, with constantly unexpected sonorities. He reminds one of the young Joshua Bell…"
La Marseillaise, January 2004


"What beauty, what virtuosity! David Chivers offered an extraordinary concert…great sensitivity and talent."
Yvonne Rebuplicaine, April 2004


"A performance which carried the audience on a story-telling journey, with subtle byways along the clear straight route"
Oliver Gledhill, Croydon Music Festival


"The violin bears no secrets for him..."
La Provence





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