Originally from Oslo, Norway, Concertmaster David Coucheron began playing violin at the age of three. Mr. Coucheron joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as Concertmaster in September 2010.
Mr. Coucheron earned his Bachelor of Music degree from The Curtis Institute of Music, his Master of Music from The Juilliard School, and his Master of Musical Performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with teachers including Igor Ozim, Aaron Rosand, Lewis Kaplan, and David Takeno.
Throughout his career, Mr. Coucheron has worked with conductors Robert Spano, Alan Gilbert, Michael Tilson Thomas, Simon Rattle, Mstislav Rostropovich, David Zinman, Roger Norrington, Simone Young, and Charles Dutoit, and performed as a soloist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (Maxim Vengerov conducting), Sendai Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. He has played solo recitals at the Oslo Chamber Music Festival, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall (London), the Kennedy Center, the Olympic Winter Games (Salt Lake City, Utah), as well as in Beograd, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Serbia, Singapore, and Shanghai. Mr. Coucheron’s chamber music performances have included appearances at Suntory Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Oslo Chamber Music Festival, and Alice Tully Hall. His recordings with his sister, pianist Julie Coucheron, include “David and Julie” (Naxos/Mudi) and “Debut” (Naxos). Some of his awards and recognitions include first prize at the Concorso Internazionale di Musica “Citta di Pinerolo” competition (Turin, Italy), first prize at the Princess Astrid Competition (Trondheim, Norway), and third prize at the Manchester International Violin Competition (Manchester, U.K.). Mr. Coucheron also serves as the Artistic Director for the Kon Tiki Chamber Music Festival in Oslo, Norway.
Mr. Coucheron plays a 1725 Stradivarius.