David Mason is an LA-based freelance cellist.
Versed in many styles of music, David especially enjoys playing new works and collaborating with living composers. With his easy-going attitude, he approaches music as a language that connects people. This belief comes from the idea that music is a universal language that can cross cultural barriers and convey emotions that conventional language cannot personify.
David is in high demand as a chamber and orchestral musician and is a member of several professional-level string ensembles in the greater Los Angeles area. Recently, David performed with the Torrance Pops Orchestra, the Culver City Chamber Orchestra's Cellomania Series, and the Los Angeles Composers Collective on a program of new works for string quartet and voice. He can be seen regularly performing with the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, Ventura College Symphony, and in recording sessions throughout Los Angeles. On the other end of the spectrum, he performs concerts with the experimental music ensemble The Dog Star Orchestra, Euler String Quartet, and has curated his own cello + electronics tour up the coast of California.
As a student, David performed with American Youth Symphony, attended local summer festivals, and won the California Lutheran University concerto competition in 2012. While achieving his Master's degree in Cello Performance at California Institute of the Arts (2014-2016), he supported himself with various freelance gigs, becoming known as a versatile performer in the LA area. He has recently been appointed to Schwab String Faculty at Ventura College.
David has performed with artists such as Burt Bacharach, Michael W. Smith, singer/songwriter AJ Mitchell, and Vinnie Ferra. He has performed in Carnegie Hall, UCLA Royce Hall, Zipper Hall (Colburn School), the Fox Theatre in Riverside, ArtShareLA, Coaxial, and The Echo to name a few.