‘…aching lyricism of David Juritz’s performance: exceptionally clean and focused in tone but spiced up with an almost shameless profusion of swooning portamentos – naked expression held in the grip of an icy control.’
The Strad Magazine
Photography by Christine Bradshaw, David Greenshields and Pierre Alexandre Pheuilpin
David Juritz was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and began playing the violin at the age of five. He was awarded an Associated Board Scholarship to the Royal College of Music where he won the RCM’s top award, the Tagore Gold Medal.
On leaving the RCM, he joined English Chamber Orchestra before being appointed leader of the London Mozart Players, a position he held until 2010. He made many appearances as soloist and director with the LMP, including his debut at the 2006 BBC Promenade Concerts.
Other performances have included appearances as soloist and director at the Tonhalle in Zurich, performances of the Beethoven and Brahms violin concertos in Tokyo, the Tchaikovsky concerto with the London Concert Orchestra at the Barbican, solos with the English Chamber and City of Birmingham Symphony orchestras and the world premiere of ‘Tales from South America’, a tango concerto written for him by Cecilia McDowall. His numerous film credits as orchestra leader include the soundtracks to Long Walk to Freedom, The Theory of Everything and Last King of Scotland.
David’s recording of the Vivaldi Four Seasons, re-released by Nimbus Alliance in 2012, was hailed by critics as one of the finest interpretations of that much-recorded work. David’s recording of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo, released on the same label in May 2011, was also warmly received.
In 2005, David took on the role of Director of the Burton Bradstock Festival in Dorset, where he presents unique programmes to capacity audiences and has developed a real musical community.
During a five-month sabbatical in 2007, David busked around the world. On the 60,000 mile journey through 50 cities in 24 countries on six continents, he paid for the entire journey with his busking earnings by playing Bach on the streets. He used the trip to raise funds for music education projects for disadvantaged children in developing countries. He remains deeply committed to encouraging young musicians in the developing world working in Kurdistan with young musicians from the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq and students at Xiquitsi in Maputo, Mozambique.
David plays on a violin made by J.B. Guadagnini in Piacenza in 1748.
The London Tango Quintet brings together five outstanding musicians to play the music of Piazzolla, Troilo and other giants of Argentinian tango.
Formed in 2007 by violinist, David Juritz, the quintet has made numerous appearances in music festivals and concert halls around the UK. With five acclaimed soloists as its members, the London Tango Quintet doesn’t limit itself to tango but includes a wide range of music, from the baroque to contemporary in its programmes.
Photography by Pierre Alexandre Pheuilpin