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Prof. Imke  David

Prof. Imke David

Professor of Viola da gamba, Lirone and Violone, Dean of Faculty II

Subject/Instrument: Viola da gamba, Lirone, Violone

Fürstenhaus – Main Building


  • Grew up in Franconia, near Erlangen
  • Member of her family's seven-strong viola da gamba ensemble from the age of six
  • Student at the Meistersingerkonservatorium in Nuremberg already during her school-time ('Jungstudentin')
  • 1986, Early Music studies (major in viola da gamba) with Jordi Savall at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis
  • Quickly became a member of Savall’s renowned ensemble Hesperion XX
  • Classes with Jesper Christensen, Andreas Staier, and René Jacobs in Basel; regular concert and opera performances with the latter’s ensemble Concerto Vocale
  • First gamba player to be successful at the acclaimed solo competition for Early Music at Bruges
  • Professor of viola da gamba, lirone, and violone at the Department of Early Music at the LISZT UNIVERSITY of Music in Weimar since 2010.

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