David Mason

Cellist and Music Educator

David Mason is an LA based freelance cellist.  Versed in many styles of music, David especially enjoys performing new works and collaborating with composers.

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Biography

     David Mason is an LA based freelance cellist.  Versed in many styles of music, David especially enjoys playing new works and collaborating with composers.  David is in highest demand as a chamber and orchestral musician and is a member of several professional level string quartets in L.A. and Santa Barbara.  He can be seen on the television series Hells Kitchen, The Amazing Race, and Millionaire Matchmaker.

     As a student, David performed with American Youth Symphony, attended local summer festivals, won the California Lutheran University concerto competition in 2012, and had the opportunity to do an orchestra tour through southern Spain in 2013.  While achieving his Master's degree in Cello Performance at California Institute of the Arts (2014-2016), he supported himself with various freelance gigs of all styles in the LA area, becoming known as a very versatile performer.   

     Professionally, David has worked with composers such as David Newman, Jeff Russo, Gerard Schurmann, Wolfgang von Schweinitz, Michael Skloff, Jae Deal, John Biggs, and many others in the film, experimental, and pop music industries.  

     In early 2017, David was fortunate enough to perform with members of the captivating LA-based Calder, Lyris, and Formalist quartets.  They worked together with Monday Evening Concert Series' artistic director Jonathan Hepfer to recreate and perform a transcription of Julius Eastman's 10 cello piece entitled "The Holy Presence of Joan d’Arc".  A one-of-a-kind piece, it has been described as "Gripping... hardcore, process-oriented Minimalism" by the LA times. 

     Recruited for his professionalism and attention to detail, David was hired by singer/songwriter AJ Mitchell and his production team to arrange, perform, and contract for a string quartet cover of "Say you Won't Let Go" by James Arthur.  The music video now has over 500,000 hits on Youtube.

     As a soloist, David has been featured in the soundtrack for the documentary film "With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story" which was recorded at Capitol Records in Los Angeles.  He is a regular soloist of the "Lamb of God" concert series in Ventura County hosted by Witness Music.  Composed by Rob Gardner, this is a contemporary, neo-romantic depiction of Jesus' life, performed each year around Easter.

     David has performed with  artists such as Burt Bacharach and the Corona Pops Orchestra, Michael W. Smith, and Vinnie Ferra at The Roxy in Hollywood.  David has performed with the experimental music ensemble The Dog Star Orchestra that prides itself in "messily exceptional" (LA Times) contemporary art and sound events in LA.  David is also a section cellist of the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra.  David was selected to record three times at Capitol records for CalArts' Jazz CD project (2015 - Abby Lyons, 2016 - Michael Jarvey, 2017 - Molly Pease & Sarah Fylak).  He has recorded at EastWest Studios, The Bridge, Westlake Studios and many other recording studios in Los Angeles area.  David has performed in Carnegie Hall, Royce Hall, Zipper Hall, the Fox Theatre in Riverside, ArtShareLA, Coaxial, The Echo, and the Roxy,  to name a few.