David France

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International performer, innovative educator, visionary leader – all describe violinist,  David France.  But he is making an impact on society not only with his music, but through sharing his knowledge as a gift of service toward the happiness of others.  David is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music’s prestigious Sistema Fellows Program that trains socially minded musicians in the movement to bring “Music for Social Change” programs to the United States. Before moving to Boston, he encouraged over 300 kids in Bermuda to study violin at the Bermuda School of Music and through programs at low income schools.  In the fall of 2011 the Costa Rica government invited David to conduct master classes for its newly founded Music for Social Change initiative, SiNEM.  In 2012 he went to Venezuela to teach in the world-renowned program affectionately known as El Sistema.  David and his avant-garde videos have been featured in many national and international programs and publications including CNN, The CBS Early Show, BBC News, Time Magazine, the Wall Street Journal and more.  He was selected to be one of the Concert masters of the first ever Youtube Symphony in 2009, which performed to a sold out audience at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.  David has collaborated with some of today’s most popular artists including John Legend, Smokey Robinson, Josh Groban and Grammy award winning producer Quincy Jones.  He appears as himself in the documentary “Harmony:  The Road to Carnegie Hall”, directed by Stephen Higgins, and is currently the executive director of Revolution of Hope, a world-class youth orchestra in the underserved Boston neighborhood of Roxbury.