Concertmaster David Coucheron began playing violin at the age of three. Coucheron joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as Concertmaster in September 2010, – at the age of 25 thus becoming the US’s youngest concertmaster. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from The Curtis Institute of Music, his Master of Music from The Juilliard School, and his Master of Musical Performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with teachers including Igor Ozim, Aaron Rosand, Lewis Kaplan, and David Takeno. Throughout his career he has worked with conductors Robert Spano, Alan Gilbert, Michael Tilson Thomas, Simon Rattle, Mstislav Rostropovich, David Zinman, Roger Norrington, Simone Young, and Charles Dutoit, and performed as a soloist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (Maxim Vengerov conducting), Sendai Symphony Orchestra, and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. He also serves as the Artistic Director for the Kon Tiki Chamber Music Festival in Oslo, Norway. David Coucheron plays a 1725 Stradivarius.