David Campbell is internationally recognised as one of Britain’s finest musicians and was described by the doyen of British clarinettists, the late Jack Brymer, as “the finest British player of his generation”.
A large part of Campbell’s early career was spent as a clarinettist in the field of contemporary music as a member of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ chamber ensemble, The Fires of London as well as playing regularly with the London Sinfonietta, but over the past twenty years he has developed the solo and chamber music strands of his career, performing in over forty countries with leading orchestras and ensembles.
His repertoire is wide-ranging but he still champions new works, many of which have been written for him. As well as numerous broadcasts over the past thirty years, David has made many CDs covering a broad repertoire. His recording of the Clarinet Quintet by Sir Arthur Bliss with the Maggini Quartet on the Naxos label received critical acclaim, a recording of the Lieuwen Concerto was released in May 2007 and his CD, ‘Reflections’, concertos by Gerald Finzi, Graham Fitkin and Carl Davis, is featured in the Classic FM top 300.
In the field of chamber music David Campbell has collaborated with some of Britain’s finest musicians. His ensemble with Joanna MacGregor, Madeleine Mitchell and Chiristopher van Kampen performed and recorded Messiaen’s ‘Quartet for the End of Time’ and he has performed with the cellist, Raphael Wallfisch and pianist John York and worked with the Nash Ensemble. David particularly enjoys playing with string quartets and has appeared as a guest artist with many of the world’s finest quartets. He and the Solstice Quartet will be giving a concert in the 2010 Cheltenham International Festival including the Brahms Quintet and a new work, ‘Full Moon’, written for them by Richard Blackford.
David Campbell is passionate about music education and in addition to his teaching positions, is both the Artistic Director of Musicfest, an International Summer School and Festival, at Aberystwyth University, and the Harrogate International Clarinet Summer School. He has given masterclasses all over the UK and in many countries around the world and has recently been invited to join principal players from the Berlin Philharmonic, New York’s Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Orchestra, to give masterclasses and chamber music coaching at the Domaine Forget International Academy, in Quebec next summer.
David also coaches members of the National Youth Wind Orchestra of GB and the London Schools’ Symphony Orchestra and he is the UK Chair of the International Clarinet Association, and Chair of the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain. He has represented the UK at the International Clarinet Association conferences in London, Quebec, Ghent, Lubbock, Paris, Arizona, Ostend, Salt Lake City, Stockholm, Vancouver and Oporto.