Who's who in the orchestra

David Quiggle

Joined the LPO in 2017

Principal Viola

Born in the Pacific Northwest of the USA, David Quiggle has been a leading violist, chamber musician and teacher for more than 20 years.  As a member of the Casals Quartet he toured Europe and South America, and won top prizes in the London, Hamburg and Paolo Borciani string quartet competitions. 

As a member of the chamber ensemble La Bande de la Loingtaine David has performed in France, Belgium, Singapore and Japan. Solo performances include the Bartók Viola Concerto with the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela; Hindemith's Der Schwanendreher with the Medellín Philharmonic; and Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante in Madrid and Valladolid with violinists Gordan Nikolić and Alina Ibragimova. He is one of the founders and the principal viola of BandArt, and has been a frequent guest principal with groups such as the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. 

David studied violin, viola, and string quartet at the Vancouver Academy of Music, the New England Conservatory and the Musikhochschule of Cologne. His teachers include Walter Trampler, Gwen Thompson, Walter Levin, Louis Krasner, Eugene Lehner, and the members of the Alban Berg Quartet.

When not playing classical music David actively explores other musical genres, which has led to collaborations with many of Spain's leading musicians and dancers. Since 2006 he has worked with the SaludArte Foundation on projects including concerts and workshops for people with special needs, in situations of social exclusion or in hospitals or prisons. In collaboration with SaludArte, Lisarco Dance and the New World Symphony, he took part in the collective creation of Synergy, a show for four musicians and five dancers that includes functionally diverse artists. Synergy was premiered in June 2013 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and since has been staged in Barcelona, Valladolid, Madrid, Miami, Jerusalem and Ramallah.

David has coached youth orchestras in Spain, France, Venezuela, Colombia, Japan, Korea, Singapore and the USA, and was for ten years viola teacher at the Musikene Conservatory in San Sebastián, Spain. 

After a two-year stint in the USA teaching viola and chamber music at Ithaca College, in autumn 2017 David returned to Europe to take up the position of Principal Viola with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.