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David Forest


What is your professional background?
I come from a family of music lovers and I started playing the violin at the age of 5 in a music school in the Paris region. While I was at school, I was not obviously predestined for music; I was more interested in science. It was around the age of 16 that I received the “stimulus” I needed; I was studying with Dorothée Nodé-Langlois who really passed on her passion for the violin. I continued studying at the Boulogne-Billancourt Regional Music School and then moved to the CNSM where I joined the Bellefeuille quartet.
A period of history that you would have liked to experience?
The 60s, to be able to attend the concerts of the Beatles or Jimi Hendrix.
Your favorite leaf?
Maple, preferably with pancakes!
Your choice of instrument?
When I was 6 years old, I saw the documentary The Art of the Violin which introduced me to the great violinists of the 20th century; that’s when I started to adore this instrument.
An artist who touches you?
Violinist Christian Ferras for the generosity of the sound and the intensity of the vibrato.
A vivid memory?
My first trip to the United States when I discovered drive-in cinemas. I never thought such a thing was possible!
Your house at Hogwarts?
Hufflepuff, this is the result of the official test!
A work that moves you?
Even after listening to it dozens of times, I am still so overwhelmed by Beethoven’s 15th quartet.
A film that has marked you?
M by Fritz Lang.
If you weren’t a musician?
I probably would have studied astrophysics, I’ve always been fascinated by this field.
A book you liked?
The series The Accursed Kings by Maurice Druon, the history of France is more incredible than any adventure novel!