Clarinetist David Nicholson has performed with many orchestras in Southern California, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, New West Symphony Orchestra, Orange County’s Pacific Symphony and the Santa Barbara Symphony. He recently toured with the Los Angeles Philharmonic on their recent European tour and also on the 2012 tour to Caracas, Venezuela and performed in the North American simulcast of Mahler Symphony No. 8. He was a member of the Santa Fe Pro Musica in Santa Fe, New Mexico for ten years and appeared there as a soloist in the Mozart and Copland Clarinet Concertos. He is active as a chamber music performer in Southern California and recently performed in a world premiere of a new work by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich composed for the California EAR Unit at the REDCAT Theater in Los Angeles. He was a member of the music faculty at Ventura College where he was instructor of clarinet and chamber music ensembles. He received his music instruction at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia; he studied there with Michele Zukovsky, principal clarinetist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He also studied with James Kanter, Lorin Levee and David Shifrin.
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