Born in Montréal, David Dias da Silva was raised by a Portuguese family. He studied at the Professional School of Music of Viana do Castelo and at the Superior School of Music and Performing Arts of Porto (Portugal), with professors Iva Barbosa, Nuno Pinto and Antonio Saiote. He holds a Master of Music in Performance and a Soloist Diploma from the Musik Akademie der Stadt Basel (Switzerland), under the tutelage of François Benda, in addition to an Artist Diploma from the Schulich School of Music, McGill University in Montréal, in the clarinet classes of Jean-François Normand and Alain Desgagné.
A recent grand-prize winner of both the “Prix d’Europe” and Canadian Music Competition’s “Stepping Stone” competitions, he has earned many other distinctions, including 1st prizes at the “Kiefer Hablitzel” Competition (Bern, Switzerland), the "Fernando Raínho Valente" Competition (Aveiro, Portugal), International Young Artist Competition (Vancouver, B.C.), “Terras de La Salette” Competition, Oliveira de Azeméis (Portugal), and 2nd prize at the “Concours National d’Exécution Musicale,” (Riddes, Switzerland), among others.
Mr. da Silva is regularly invited to perform as part of several orchestras, most notably the Hyogo Performing Center Orchestra (Japan), l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Camerata Zurich, and Basler Festival Orchester (Switzerland). He is a member of the Portuguese Chamber Orchestra in Lisbon, and since 2015, he has held a contract position as Principal Clarinet with the Sinfonieorchester Basel. Recently he won the Co-Principal Clarinet position in the Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra. As a soloist, he has performed with the Orchestre National des Jeunes de Montréal, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Kammerorchester Basel, Orchestre symphonique de Drummondville (Québec), and Orquestra Filarmónica das Beiras (Portugal), among others.
This is Mr. da Silva’s debut with the ESO.