David Basch - Consultant

David Basch was born into a musical family in Hartford Connecticut in 1952. He moved to Washington DC for college and has remained there for his professional career as a Violist and Fine Instrument Consultant.

In 1975, he switched from Violin to Viola under the guidance of Richard Parnas and within a year had an MA in Viola performance.
From 1976-1980, he was a member of the "President's Own" United States Marine Chamber Orchestra., and from 1980-1990, the Principal Violist of the Handel Festival Orchestra, later renamed the Washington Chamber Symphony.During this same time period, Basch was Principal Viola with the Virtuosi of Washington, and the National Philharmonic. The majority of his latter playing career was as a substitute with the Washington National Opera and as Principal Viola with the Wolftrap Orchestra and National Theater.
In 1990, he performed as 3rd seat with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevilla Spain, and  has never lost his desire to return to Europe.

Early on in his career, his Viola was damaged while performing at the White House, and Mr. William Weaver of the Violin House of Weaver took on the responsibility of making his Viola useable again. During the six months of restoration, he volunteered to try instruments and bows for clients of this shop and soon found himself set on a second career as an instrument consultant, and expert on selecting instruments and bows for all levels of performers. This led to the writing and publication of One Step Up - a Buyer's Guide to Stringed Instruments, which he co-authored with Dan Whitman.

Now retired as a performer, David continues to travel throughout the USA and Europe looking for instruments and bows of all price ranges for his clients - hoping to continue his respect for the European tradition of instrument and bow making.