David Waterman

David Waterman was born into a musical family in Leeds. He studied philosophy at Trinity College, Cambridge, and cello with Martin Lovett, William Pleeth and Jane Cowan. In 1979 he helped to form the Endellion Quartet which has played all over the world, broadcast countless times on BBC Radio and TV, and recorded for many major labels. Recent recordings include the complete cycle of Beethoven quartets for Warner Classics. For twenty-seven years, they have been Quartet-in-Residence at Cambridge, and in 1996 were awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Best Chamber Ensemble. David Waterman has also performed chamber music with members of the former Amadeus Quartet, the Chilingirian, Belcea and Elias Quartets, Joshua Bell, Michael Collins, Isabelle Faust, Ivry Gitlis, Steven Isserlis, Stephen Kovacevic, Mark Padmore, Sandor Vegh and Tabea Zimmerman, among others. He has taught at the Yehudi Menuhin School, the Royal Northern College of Music, the Guildhall, the Royal Academy of Music, the Britten-Pears Foundation, and at IMS at Prussia Cove. In 2003 he contributed a chapter to the “Cambridge Companion to the String Quartet”, and has also had articles published in The Guardian, Strad Magazine and other publications. He feels very fortunate to play on a wonderful cello by J.B. Guadagnini which he jointly owns and shares with his friend, Steven Isserlis.
Conversations with Bach
Reaching across three centuries, Johann Sebastian Bach’s compositions for solo violin and cello are brought to life with readings of new poetry and prose by celebrated authors George Szirtes and Eva Hoffman. George’s poems play with the dance rhythms of Bach’s music, while Eva composes personal letters to Bach, asking questions about the tensions between his creativity and his personal life, the sources of his music in his time – and the myste...