David Riker


Hometown: Miami, FL
Alma maters: Northwestern University, College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Leonard Sorkin Institute of Chamber Music-University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Nova Southeastern University, New World School of the Arts
Awards/competitions: Winner, Skokie Valley Symphony Mittenthal Scholarship; Finalist, Northwestern University Concerto Competition
Appearances: Aosta Classica-Valle d’Aosta, Italy; Festivo Internazionale Quartetti d’archi- Reggio Emilia, Italy; Orchestra of the Florida Grand Opera; Opus One (orchestra of the Miami City Ballet); Miami Symphony; Civic Orchestra of Chicago; Miami Bach Society
Instagram: @davidriker
Twitter: @davidriker
Musical origins: I started playing violin and viola when I was 11. Although I trained mostly as a violinist, playing viola in chamber music eventually convinced me to switch full time to the viola.  Besides its colorful sound, I love that the viola can be used as the melody, harmony, or bass line.
How did you hear about TŌN? I saw the viola position advertised in an online posting.  I was inspired to apply by TŌN’s pro-active vision of classical music.
Favorite piece to play: Brahms’ 2 songs for Viola, Alto, and Piano
Favorite obscure piece: Henry Cowell’s The Banshee
Favorite composer fact: Ernst Chausson died by crashing his bike into a brick wall.
Favorite musical memory: Performing the Brahms’ B-flat Major String Sextet with my professor and chamber coach, Dr. Myron Kartman, and his son Stefan, a cellist in Prague.
Which composer would have had the best social media: Nadia Boulanger
Favorite fact about your instrument: There are many variations in its size and ergonomic shape.
The thing most people don’t know about classical music is:  It can bring joy to ALL people.
Favorite non-classical musician: Beyoncé
Musical guilty pleasure: The soundtrack to Sordid Lives
Best album to have on repeat: Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd
What recording would you take to a deserted island: Gérard Caussé’s solo Bach suites
Proudest accomplishment: My Dad meeting Daniel Barenboim right before I performed with Civic Orchestra of Chicago at Chicago’s Symphony Center.
Favorite non-musical activity: Studying languages and spending time with my Chihuahua, Gizmo.
Last book read: Quintet by David Blum
Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Cultivate discipline and inspiration.
Time travel destination: Classical Greece