Samuel Baron Prize


2007, David Bowlin, violin

A versatile performer of music both new and old, violinist David Bowlin is active as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. He has been a prizewinner in national and international competitions, including first prize at the 2003 Washington International Competition, and was recipient of the 2007 Samuel Baron Prize from Stony Brook University. As a passionate proponent of contemporary music, he has given dozens of premieres, including the 2007 world premiere at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall of Mahagoni, a violin concerto written for him by Austrian composer Alexandra Karastoyanova-Hermentin. Mr. Bowlin is a founding member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) with whom he has toured in Mexico, Poland, and across the United States; and a former member of the Naumburg Award-winning Da Capo Chamber Players, with whom he has toured in the U.S., Russia, and Belarus.

Mr. Bowlin was appointed to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music faculty in 2007, having previously served as teaching assistant to Ronald Copes at the Juilliard School. He has given master classes at Stony Brook University, Cornell University, the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Conservatorio de las Rosas in Morelia, Mexico, and Beijing's Central Conservatory. He has taught on the faculties of the Mannes Beethoven Institute, the Madeline Island Music Camp, and the Okemo Young Artist Program, in addition to serving in educational residencies at Northwestern University, Bard College, New York University, and Columbia College Chicago, among others.

As a member of the Oberlin Trio with Oberlin faculty members Haewon Song and cellist Amir Eldan, he is currently working on a CD project of Haydn and Brahms. Other recording credits include works by over a dozen composers including Stravinsky, Webern, George Crumb, Chinary Ung, Huang Ruo, Ursula Mamlok, Dai Fujikura, Richard Wernick, Su Lian Tan, Brian Fennelly, and Corey Dargel.

Performing both traditional and contemporary chamber music has taken Mr. Bowlin to most of New York's major venues, including Weill Recital Hall, Zankel Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd St. Y, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Merkin Concert Hall, and Symphony Space. Recent concerts include Musicians from Marlboro tour performances along the east coast, and recital and chamber music performances in New York, Ohio, Illinois, Oregon, Vermont, and Virginia. In 2007 Mr. Bowlin was appointed as artistic director of Chamber Music Quad-Cities, an organization that brings chamber music performances to the community in eastern Iowa and western Illinois where he is a native.

Mr. Bowlin graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory, The Juilliard School, and Stony Brook University. Principal teachers are Roland and Almita Vamos, Ronald Copes, Pamela Frank, Philip Setzer, Ani Kavafian, and Stephen and Kimberly Sims.