David Pedraza, Principal Viola of the Symphony of the Americas in Ft. Lauderdale, returns to the Hylton Center as featured soloist for Folk Echoes, the Manassas Symphony's Season-Opening Concert on October 21, 2023. He is playing playing Béla Bartók's groundbreaking Viola Concerto in A minor. Maestro Pedraza last appeared with the Manassas Symphony in 2019, when he played William Walton's Viola Concerto to great acclaim.
Born in Reynosa, Mexico, David Pedraza started his musical studies at 14 in the Orquestas y Coros Juveniles de México under José Vazquez. Later on, he received a full scholarship to study the Bachelor of Music at Shenandoah Conservatory.
From 2003 to 2005 he was part of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas under Placido Domingo, Carlos Prieto and Gustavo Dudamel.
David holds a Professional Performance Certificate from Lynn University Conservatory of Music and recently he finished his Master of Music at the same institution with an award of a full scholarship. He won the First Prize with Vitali String Quartet at the 2004 Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Virginia chamber music competition and also has received honorific mentions in 2005 and 2007 from the MTNA Viola competition in Florida. He has participated in master classes of Carol Rodland, Jeffrey Irvine, Roberto Diaz, Kim Kashkashian, Peter Slowik, Orlando Cole, Arnold Steinhardt, Ellen Rose Basil Vendryes and Wilfried Strehle.
Recently he performed the Bartok Viola Concerto with the Orquesta Sinfonica de la Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas. David has performed extensively outside the U.S.: Mexico, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Peru, Spain, France, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. His main teacher was Ralph Fielding. Currently he is part of the Con Brio Quartet, and Principal Viola with Symphony of the Americas.