David Niwa - Artistic Director


The Rodin Duo - David Niwa & Mariko Kaneda

David Niwa

Violinist David Niwa’s extensive performing career has included feature appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony, the Symphony Orchestra of the Curtis Institute, the Park Ridge Civic Orchestra, the Chicago Youth Symphony. He has been the featured in recital at the Sunday at Central series, as well as, the Corcoran Gallery, the Terrace Theatre of the Kennedy Center, the Cloitre des Jacobins, and Landgraf.  Since 1990, he has been featured regularly as soloist with the New York Symphonic Ensemble throughout Japan and Southeast Asia. He appeared annually with the Chamber Orchestra of the Palisades and the Plainfield, NJ Symphony, where he also served as concertmaster.

An active chamber musician, and an active proponent of 20th and 21st century music, Mr. Niwa was honored to perform Gunther Schuller’s “Paradigm Exchanges” and present the United States premiere of Penderecki’s “Sextet” in collaboration with the Ohio State University. His other engagements include concerts with The Niwa Duo, (formed with his sister Gail), The High St. Four, (David is a founding member), The Lighthouse Chamber Players, The Snake River Chamber Players, The Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society and Chamber Music at Great Gorge. David has also performed numerous functions for Chicago’s Polish Arts Club. Previously he has performed in Reno, Miami, New York City, and Nice. In 1987 and ‘88, he was the invited guest artist-in-residence at the festival de la Gesse in southwestern France.

A native Chicagoan, Mr. Niwa began his studies at the age of five. While under the tutelage of his father, Raymond Niwa, he was awarded top prizes in all five divisions of the prestigious Society of American Musicians Competition. He was a three-time winner of the ISMTA competition, a winner of the St. Paul Musical Arts Competition, and was awarded scholarships by the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation. In 1982, Mr. Niwa was a prizewinner in the NFAA Recognition and Talent Search, and a finalist in the 17- general Motors National Concerto Competition. In 1985 he made his live national TV debut with Tchaikovsky Concerto on NBC. Mr. Niwa currently serves as Assistant Concertmaster of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, is on the faculty of Ohio Wesleyan University, and as the Artistic Director for the prestigious Sunday at Central series.

Mr. Niwa holds degrees from the Curtis Institute and the Juilliard School, where his teachers were Aaron Rosand and Szymon Goldberg, respectively. His other mentors include Nathan Milstein, Lorand Fenyves, Samuel Rhodes, and Felix Galimir. He enjoys cooking, eating, golfing, and skiing, and is an avid tennis player.

Sunday at Central

Sunday at Central is a nonprofit chamber music recital series that was founded in 1994. It offers intimate, personalized traditional chamber music concerts featuring internationally recognized professional musicians. The series’ Artistic Director is The Columbus Symphony’s Acting Associate Concertmaster David Niwa. We present concerts on Sunday afternoons at 3:00 p.m. at different venues such as Columbus Performing Arts Center and Ohio History Center.