David Bowlin

Violinist DAVID BOWLIN’s performances of a broad repertoire have garnered significant critical acclaim and taken him across five continents. First prize winner of the Washington International Competition, Bowlin has performed widely as a soloist, with premieres of violin concertos written for him by Marcos Balter at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, by Alexandra Hermentin at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital, and by Donald Crockett at the Aspen Music Festival. A prolific recording artist, Bowlin has released recordings on the Naxos, Bridge, New Focus, Nonesuch, Arsis, Mode, Tundra, and Austrian National Radio labels, including concerto recordings of works by Luciano Berio and Huang Ruo.

As a chamber musician, Bowlin has made many tours with Musicians from Marlboro, and performs regularly with the Oberlin Trio and the Bowlin-Cho Duo with pianist Tony Cho. Bowlin is a founding member of the acclaimed International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and a former member of the Naumburg Award-winning Da Capo Chamber Players.

Bowlin has performed as guest concertmaster with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Marlboro Festival Orchestra, and the IRIS Orchestra. Festivals include the Aspen, Banff, Bridgehampton, Bowdoin, Chesapeake, Ojai, and Olympic festivals; also Boston Chamber Music Society, ChamberFest Cleveland, Chamber Music Chicago, Chamber Music Quad Cities, and the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, where he has been faculty artist since 2013.

Bowlin is also a dedicated teacher and serves as Professor of Violin and Chair of String Studies at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, having previously taught at The Juilliard School. He has given many masterclasses throughout the US and abroad including the Korean National University of the Arts, Seoul National University, Yonsei University, Central Conservatory Beijing, the Australian National Academy of Music, the Royal Danish Academy of Music, the Norwegian Academy, Malmö Academy of Music in Sweden, and the Kunstuniversität Graz.

He is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, The Juilliard School, and Stony Brook University.


David Bowlin


Oberlin Conservatory of Music