"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. "
"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..."