David Sywak, violist, has been a member of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 1996. Prior to coming to Dallas, he was a member of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra for four seasons. With the Dallas Symphony, he travels regularly to Colorado, and has appeared in cities such as Berlin, Amsterdam, Lucerne, Vienna, Stockholm, Edinburgh and London. Outside of his symphony activities, David has collaborated with Voices of Change contemporary music group, and has been heard at the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture center in chamber music performances. He works as a coach with the Greater Dallas Youth orchestras.
David received his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester, where he double majored in music and mathematics, and his master’s of music degree from the University of Southern California. Sywak also earned an advanced certificate and completed the professional studies program at The Juilliard School of Music. He has received fellowships to both the Aspen and Tanglewood festivals, and performed at the Grand Teton Music festival in Wyoming. When not playing viola, David can usually be found on his bicycle or sampling cookies.
I was a member of the LIYO for 5 years, from 1977-1982. I did go on one of the tours in 1981 to Morocco, Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands. I grew up in Plainview and went to J.F. Kennedy High School. I have many fond memories of playing in LIYO (especially performing Harold in Italy), and have maintained to this day some friendships that grew from my years with LIYO. Over the course of my 5 years we covered a great deal of the standard orchestral repertoire which served me well in college and conservatory later, as I already knew how to play and blend with a section. The challenging nature of the repertoire we performed and playing with LIYO, no doubt helped me decide I wanted to be a musician.