David Juritz – violinist
David Juritz is one of the most versatile violinists currently working in the UK, dividing his time between solo performances, directing, chamber music, working as guest-leader with major orchestras in the UK and abroad, and leading his own group, the London Tango Quintet.
David Juritz was born in Cape Town, South Africa and, after winning a scholarship from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, came to London to study at the Royal College of Music with Hugh Bean and Jaroslav Vanecek. During his time at the RCM he won all the major prizes for violin including the college’s highest award, the Tagore Gold Medal.
On leaving the RCM he joined the English Chamber Orchestra. From 1991 to 2010 he was the leader of the London Mozart Players, the longest serving leader in that orchestra’s history. He made many appearances as soloist and director with the LMP, including his debut at the 2006 BBC Promenade Concerts.
He has directed the Zurich Chamber, Royal Philharmonic, and Mozart Festival orchestras as well as many other ensembles. From 2010 to 2012 he directed the Johann Strauss Orchestra on nationwide tours to widespread acclaim. Recent solo engagements include appearances with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra in China and London, the London Concert Orchestra, Filharmonia Szczecinska in Poland, and concerts as soloist/director with the Mozart Festival Orchestra at the Barbican and Birmingham Symphony Hall.
His recording of the Vivaldi Four Seasons, re-released by Nimbus Alliance in 2012, has been widely hailed by critics as one of the finest interpretations of that much-recorded work. David’s recording of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo, released on the same label in May 2011, was also warmly received by the music press. In 2013 he recorded the solo violin score for the Ralph Fiennes’ film, The Invisible Woman’ and has lead the orchestra on many soundtracks including ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’, ‘Osage County’ and the soon to be released film by Werner Herzog, ‘Queen of the Desert’.
In 2005 he took on the role of director of the Burton Bradstock Festival in Dorset. In 2007 he took a five-month sabbatical to busk around the world. On the 60,000 mile journey through 50 cities in 24 countries on six continents, he paid for the entire journey with his busking earnings by playing Bach on the streets. He used the trip to launch Musequality, a charity supporting music education projects for disadvantaged children in developing countries.
David plays on a violin made by J.B. Guadagnini in Piacenza in 1748.