Our Violin and Viola Teacher


David Cann

The great violinist, Yehudi Menuhin once said: “To play great music, you must keep your eyes on a distant star.” Playing the violin is a very special endeavor. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, and flight to the imagination. Still, to learn this very special skill requires discipline, courage, and perseverance. A great Buddhist Monk one wrote: “The journey from Kamakura to Kyoto takes twelve days. If you travel for eleven but stop with only one day remaining, how can you admire the moon over the capital?” Learning the violin is much the same process, one foot in front of the other and one building block at a time. When this is done over a period of time, miracles start to happen.

David Cann studied violin at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and violin and viola at the Nordwestdeutsche Musikakadamie, Detmold - Germany. His teachers include Tibor Varga on violin, and Rainer Moog (Berlin) and Bruno Giuranna on viola. He has played with many fine orchestras, including the Bamberger Symphoniker and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and was for many years Principal Violist of the Munich Symphony Orchestra.
His recordings of the String Quartets of woman composers can be found on the Troubadisc label.