David Grimal

French violinist (1973, Châtenay-Malabry)

David Graim strayed from the marked path of the lonely soloist to expand his musical study through a definite collective practice.

Having spent his Childhood in Egypt, David Grimal entered the Paris Conservatoire in the classes of Régis Pasquier, while also receiving advice from Schlomo Mintz and Isaac Stern. He then studied with Philippe Hirshhorn in Brussels. Very promising beginnings led him to the most prestigious European stages, invited by the most prestigious ensembles, but soon he sought an alternative way of leading his life as a musician. He founded the orchestral ensemble Les Dissonances, a group of reflection and creation in which he notably interpreted Beethoven's symphonies without any conductor. This ensemble is different as all its members, which regularly have other commitments, have an equal right of opinion on the work’s progress. The concert benefits are donated to the Les Margéniaux association, which aims at facilitating homeless’ reintegration into society.
He performs as a soloist or in chamber formation with leading partners such as James Galway, Yuri Bashmet, Alain Planes, Anne Gastinel, François Salque and plays on an instrument made by Stradivarius in 1710.

Six landmark dates in the life of David Grimal:

1996: European Prize for Culture
2003: Founded Les Dissonances and the association Les Margéniaux
2008: Beginning of his residency at the Dijon Opera
2008: Knight in the order of Arts and Letters
2009: Release of Bach Sonatas and Partitas
2010: Release of Beethoven's Violin Concerto

Biography from Radio France’s Musical Documentation, February 2014