Recently named as a semi-finalist of the 2013 League of American Orchestras Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, young Scottish conductor David Gargaro is rapidly establishing himself as an exciting talent on the international conducting scene. David currently holds positions with the New Fine Arts Ensemble in South Korea and Opera Philadelphia. This season, David was invited to conduct the BBC Symphony and Hilliard Ensemble in the Orkney St. Magnus Festival and in addition was selected as one of sixteen competitors for the Cyprus International Conducting Competition.
Born in Munster, David began his musical studies at St. Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh 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 full Bard Conducting Scholarship among others.
David has conducted orchestras such as the Virginia Symphony, Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra and Chorus, Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, 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 Graduate Orchestra.
David has conducted in masterclasses for Helmuth Rilling, Gustav Meier, Kenneth Kiesler, JoAnn Falletta, Jorge Mester, Leon Botstein, Cliff Colnot, Kirk Trevor, David Effron, David Loebel, Mark Gibson, Markand Thakar, Apo Hsu, and Donald Schleicher.
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, 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.
David has also previously held positions as Orchestra Manager of the New York Youth Symphony and Manager to the New York Philharmonic harpsichordist, Lionel Party.