Between Music and Commedia dell’arte


David Dias da Silva, clarinet

The repertoire for solo clarinet is vast and full of possibilities. Alone on stage, David Dias da Silva offers a unique concert that tells the story of a harlequin through music, theatre, and dance. Kovàcs, Stockhausen, and Resanovic, composers of the new generation, will help reinterpret the story of this emblematic character from the Italian tradition of commedia dell’arte.



B. KOVÁCS (1937-2021)

N. RESANOVIC (born 1955)

K. STOCKHAUSEN (1928-2007)



David Dias da Silva, clarinet
Born in Montreal and raised in a Portuguese family, David studied at the Escola Profissional de Música de Viana do Castelo and at the Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espetáculo in Porto, Portugal, with professors Iva Barbosa and Antonio Saiote. He has earned a master’s degree in orchestra performance and a Soloist Diploma from the Musik Akademie der Stadt Basel, Switzerland, under the tutelage of François Benda, and an Artist Diploma from McGill University in Montreal, in the clarinet classes of Jean-François Normand and Alain Desgagné.
A grand prize winner of both the Prix d’Europe and the Canadian Music Competition’s Stepping Stone in 2016, he has earned national and international prizes (Canada, France, Italie, États-Unis, Suisse, Espagne, Belgique et Portugal).
He was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and had a contract position as principal clarinet with the Sinfonieorchester Basel and as a co-principal clarinet with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. At the moment, apart his career as a soloist and as a chamber music musician, he lives a freelancing life playing regularly with the Orchestra Symphonique de Montreal, Musikkollegium Winterthur (Switzerland), Orquestra Gulbenkian (Portugal) Toronto Symphony Orchestra and East-West Chamber Orchestra.
As a soloist, he has performed with the Orchestre National des Jeunes de Montreal, Orchestre Symphonique de Drummondville, Edmonton Symphonic Orchestra, Orchestre Metropolitain de Montreal, Kammerorchester Basel (Switzerland), among others.


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