David Boyden, violin

David Boyden is a violinist and fiddler born and bred in the San Francisco Bay Area. From 2004 to 2008, he attended the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts while studying with several noted violinists, including Kate Stenberg of the Del Sol String Quartet. From 2008 to 2013, he studied with Fred Lifsitz and the Alexander String Quartet at San Francisco State University, where he earned a BM in violin performance. He also attended the Walden School's Young Musicians Program as well as Mark O'Connor's fiddle camp, where he received coaching from Bruce Molsky, Darol Anger and Tracy Silverman, among others. He has taken lessons from several jazz violin luminaries in the area, including Jeremy Kittel, Jeremy Cohen, Evan Price and Irene Sazer. He has performed and premiered many contemporary pieces through his involvement in Formerly Known as Classical, the Hot Air Music Festival at SFCM, and After Everything, a new music ensemble based in San Francisco. David has worked as a freelancer and teacher since 2006. He currently plays with the Pine Needles (a progressive acoustic ensemble), the 29th Street Swingtet, (a jazz band rooted in the music of Django Reinhardt), After Everything, and Kaptain Bottletop, a new group dedicated to exploring Scandinavian music and other folk genres. From 2012 to 2014, he was intern and musician at the Chrysalis Foundation, playing the original acoustic instruments and music of Cris Forster.