A dedicated teacher, violinist and violist Davis King began his musical journey in his public school’s string program. At the age of six, he gave his first violin lesson, and by twelve, he had already established a small studio in his hometown of Southampton, New York.
After his studies at Northwestern University, Mr. King embarked on a two-year fellowship with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, where he had the privilege of being mentored by the renowned Yo Yo Ma. During this period, he also began teaching as an assistant to his instructors, Almita and Roland Vamos, whose guidance played a crucial role in shaping his artistry and teaching.
Currently, Mr. King holds teaching positions at the Music Institute of Chicago and the Chicago College of Performing Arts. His passion for nurturing young talents extends beyond these institutions, as he actively collaborates with the Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative. In addition, Mr. King maintains a thriving private studio.
Mr King’s students routinely earn admissions to prestigious institutions such as the Juilliard School, the Colburn School, the New England Conservatory, the Royal College of Music, Rice University, Indiana University, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Moreover, his students have secured top prizes in various national and international competitions, including the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, the Sphinx Competition, the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, and the Johansen International Competition.
Mr. King attended Northwestern University and the Chicago College of Performing Arts, where he studied with Almita and Roland Vamos.