David Brill: Musician of the Week

David Brill was the Overall 1st Place Winner of the 2015 Philadelphia International Music Festival Concerto Competition and one of three First Place Winners of the 2015 PIMF Bach Double Competition, through which he performed a duo concerto with Amy Oshiro Morales of The Philadelphia Orchestra. The concert was conducted by Cristian Macelaru, Conductor-in-Residence of The Philadelphia Orchestra.


Without a doubt, my experience at PIMF was one of the most wonderful experiences I have ever had in my life!!

I felt very privileged to have had so many wonderful opportunities to work with such tremendous  musicians, both teachers and students alike. I also thoroughly enjoyed all of my activities: chamber, lessons, workouts, master classes, etc.  What I especially liked about this music camp were the many solo performance opportunities available. This was especially true for the program that I was in (Solo Performance Preparation Program).

Philadelphia International Music Festival 2015 026One of the first things I noticed about my program was the intensity of it. Even though this kind of intense work and concentration was an integral part of all the activities in which I was involved, it was especially prominent with regard to violin lessons and chamber music. I was very glad to have had the chance to work with such a variety of world renowned teachers. Even though each teacher focused on different aspects of my playing, the advice that each instructor gave me was not only concise and useful for me, but it also served to complement my playing as a whole in terms of what needed to be improved. Without question, this contributed to the significant improvement in my playing, clearly noticeable after camp was over.

As far as group playing is concerned, chamber was my favorite thing to do. I really enjoyed the extensive work that our coaches did with us on intonation, phrasing, and group coordination. I had such a magnificent time working with the other students in my chamber group! It was truly amazing just how much we were able to accomplish in such a short amount of time. I think that our ability to get along with each other was the key factor that enabled us to work both quickly and efficiently as a group. Thus, as a whole, I think that I was surrounded by a truly professional environment.     group shot

Last but not least, I would like to mention that I was quite happy to have been able to have such wonderful living conditions! Both my dorm room and the food were very satisfying.  I especially enjoyed the variety of food that was available at the cafeteria. I was also thrilled that my room was very spacious and habitable, as this was not the case at a camp I had attended previously.  In fact, this summer music camp turned out to be much better than the last one I attended, at least for me. It was truly a very positive experience that I will never forget, and I would definitely recommend other students to PIMF.

Finally, I would like to say that I believe that there comes a time when everybody, sooner or later, perhaps without even realizing it, experiences something in their lives that they will never forget; for me this is PIMF.

Musically yours,

David Brill