David Harding
David Harding has an extensive solo and chamber music career, having performed throughout Europe, the United States, Canada, Central America and Australia, including the Edinburgh International Festival, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Sitka Chamber Music Festival, Australian Festival of Chamber Music, and Philip Glass’ “Days and Nights Festival” in Big Sur. David was formerly a member of the Toronto String Quartet and the Chester String Quartet, as well as the Canadian string trio Triskelion. With his wife, flutist Lorna McGhee and harpist, Heidi Krutzen, David is a member of Trio Verlaine, with whom he has recorded two CDs. He enjoys working closely with composers on new commissions and has helped to expand the repertoire for viola with four solo commissions, and five chamber music commissions. David arranged the string tracks for the JUNO-winning, GRAMMY-nominated album Mad Mad World by Tom Cochrane. Prior to joining the Chester Quartet, David was Assistant Principal Viola of the Canadian Opera Company, and performed and recorded with early music ensemble, Tafelmusik. Currently he is Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School and winner of the Sir John Barbirolli Award at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition.