After graduating in applied mathematics at Harvard, David Simpson pursued his musical studies at the Julliard School in New York and at the CNSM of Paris where he was awarded first prizes in cello and chamber music. Among his professors were George Finckel, Michaël Rudiakov, Bernard Greenhouse, Benjamin Zander et André Navarra. American composer Leon Kirchner's as well as Nadia Boulanger's and cellist Anner Bijlsma's classes also highly contributed to his musical formation.

He has always had a strong interest in contemporary music and the practice of ancient music on period instruments. As a soloist of Ensemble 2e2m, he takes part in many premieres.

In the field of baroque music, he has been, since 1983, a solo cellist (continuo player) of Les Arts Florissants for whom he conducted many a series of concerts.

David Simpson teaches the baroque cello at the CRR of Paris where he also gives classes of accuracy and temperament.




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