David Gargaro

David G.

Washington, DC

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David delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5 to 89 and special needs

Teaching since:
May 2005

Winner of the 2016 Ansbacher Prize for Conducting, Scottish conductor David Gargaro was recently invited by the Vienna Philharmonic to take up residence at the 2016 Salzburg Festspiele. David currently holds the position of Principal Guest Conductor of the New Fine Arts Ensemble in South Korea, and has previously held artistic positions with both Opera Philadelphia, and New York Youth Symphony. Other accolades include being named as a finalist for the American Conducting Prize and semifinalist in the prestigious League of American Orchestras Bruno Walter Conductor Preview. This season, David was invited to conduct the BBC Symphony, London Mozart Players, and Hilliard Ensemble.

David has conducted orchestras such as the Virginia Symphony, New World Symphony, Hartford Symphony, Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra and Chorus, Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, Portland Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, Cincinnati Philharmonia, Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, New York Youth Symphony, UCLA Philharmonia, New York Women in Music Festival Orchestra, Genovian Philharmonia, Cincinnati Concert Orchestra, Oistrach Symphony Orchestra, Bard Conservatory Orchestra, and Eastman Philharmonia.

David has collaborated with conductors such as Sir Roger Norrington, Michael Tilson Thomas, Helmuth Rilling, JoAnn Falletta, Gustav Meier, Kenneth Kiesler, Leon Botstein, Cliff Colnot, Jorge Mester, Kirk Trevor, David Effron, David Loebel, Mark Gibson, Markand Thakar, Apo Hsu, Jeffrey Meyer, and Donald Schleicher.

Born in Germany, David began his musical studies at St. Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh, Scotland where he studied trumpet with Marcus Pope and piano with John Cameron. In 2005, David accepted a scholarship to study trumpet at Eastman School of Music with James Thompson and orchestral conducting with Brad Lubman. David also holds an MM in Orchestral Conducting from Bard Conservatory of Music where he studied with esteemed mentor Harold Farberman. David has been the recipient of several prestigious scholarships including the Howard Hanson Scholarship, Dewar Arts Awards Grant, Bagby Foundation Grant, Hope Scott Trust Grant, and Bard Conducting Scholarship among others.

Performances on trumpet with over one hundred ensembles include: Meadows Chamber Orchestra, Edinburgh Symphony Baroque Orchestra, Brighton Symphony Orchestra, Edinburgh Grand Opera Company, Ossia, Musica Nova, Riverdale Choral Society, Lansdowne Symphony, National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Opera & Philharmonia, National Youth Brass Band of Scotland, and the Lowland Band of the Scottish Division. David has performed in trumpet masterclasses for Niklas Eklund, Mark Gould, Patrick Addinall, John Gracie, Robert Early, John Kenny, Todd J. Hastings, Angela Whelan, Marc O'Keefe, and James Chamberlain.

Live radio broadcasts include WXXI in the Live from Hochstein Concert Series and special appearances have included performing the American National Anthem at the Edinburgh celebrations marking the 229th anniversary of American Independence at the invitation of American Ambassador Cecile Shea and two invitations to perform for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Holyrood Palace. In 2005 David was awarded 1st place in the prestigious Scottish Concerto Competition.

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Staff Conductor
Feb 2013 - Present
Orchestra Society Of Philadelphia

Principal Guest Conductor
Mar 2012 - Present
New Fine Arts Ensemble

Musical Fellow
Oct 2012 - May 2013
Opera Philadelphia

Orchestra Manager
Jun 2009 - Jun 2010
New York Youth Symphony


MM - Orchestral Conducting
Jul 2010 - Aug 2012
Bard College Conservatory of Music
BM - Trumpet Performance
Aug 2005 - May 2009
Eastman School of Music


Professional Proficiency


American Conducting Prize
Oct 2013
American Prize
Bruno Walter Conductor Preview
Mar 2013
League of American Orchestras
Scottish Concerto Competition
May 2005
Edinburgh Music Festival


Conductor's Guild
Jan 2009

The Conductors Guild is a non-union organization intended for professional conductors based in the USA. The Guild offers services to enhance the training and development of conductors and promises to represent the views of conductors to the larger community of music professionals.

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American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jan 2005

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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