David Kilbride joined the North Carolina Symphony as Assistant Principal Second Violin in 2007. He has been featured as a soloist with the Symphony, most recently performing “Summer” from Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” in May 2009. David also enjoyed playing Celtic fiddle on North Carolina Symphony’s “Blue Skies and Golden Sands” tour, as well as on the “Showstoppers” concert series.
Kilbride studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Bernard Goldschmit, principal second violinist of the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell. Other principal teachers include renowned teachers and chamber musicians, Linda Cerone, Dr. James Stern, and Kay Stern. He was selected to perform with Sir George Solti in the Solti Orchestral Project at Carnegie Hall. After serving as concertmaster with the New World Symphony, he won an international audition to become a member of the Hong Kong Philharmonic.
Since returning to the U.S., Kilbride has been Assistant Concertmaster of the Stockton Symphony and a member of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and Opera Pacific Orchestra in California. In Virginia, he was a member of the Richmond Symphony and the Virginia Symphony, where he met his wife Christine, also a violinist. He has played on several recordings, one of his favorites being Ray Charles’ final recording, Genius Loves Company. Kilbride is an avid baseball fan and as a teenager got his first job as an usher at Wrigley Field in his native city of Chicago. He has been a private teacher for over 15 years and was appointed director of the String Ensemble at Raleigh Charter High School in 2012. He performs on a Georg Kloz violin, circa 1755.