Meet the Musicians

Meet the Musicians

Get to know the amazing musicians of the Memphis Symphony!

David Carlisle

David Carlisle

Principal

Colleges attended: Eastman School of Music (B. Mus with Performer's Certificate), University of Toronto (M. Mus), College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati (DMA in progress)
Most influential musical teachers: Arnie Abrahams, John Beck, Bob Becker, Russell Burge, James Culley, Sean Eisenberg, Robin Engelman, Russell Hartenberger, John Hollenbeck, David Kent, Robert Mee, Allen Otte, Pandit Sharda Sahai, John Von Ohlen.
First Season with the MSO: 2011-12
Teaching Positions: Instructor of Music at the University of Mississippi, Instructor of Percussion at the University of California Davis, Instructor of Percussion at Rhodes College.
As a Chamber Musician: American Festival of New Music, Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players, Chamber Music Society of Sacramento, Earplay, El Cimarrón (contemporary opera by Hanz Werner Henze) at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Empyrean Ensemble, Joe Ink Dance, Kokoro Dance, Luna Nova Ensemble, Nexus, PASIC (Percussive Arts Society International Convention) with my group DivaDi, Percussion Group Cincinnati, Queen of Puddings Music Theatre, Steve Reich, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Winnipeg New Music Festival with my group SqueezPlay.
As a Composer: I wrote “Mad Cow,” a percussion duet I performed with Adrienne Park at the Opus 1 concert with Lucero in 2012. Adrienne and I have a piano-percussion duo called DivaDi—we perform original compositions and new works created on a collaborative basis with current composers.
MSO Community Involvement: Tunes & Tales

 

FUN FACTS!


Favorite Memphis restaurant: Flying Fish
Describe your family and pets: I’m married to Adrienne Park, MSO’s Principal Pianist. We have two beautiful boys, Connor (6) and Dylan (3), who love playing with our cat, Bunny, and Chihuahua-mix dog, Comet, a.k.a. Pups.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go: Bali
Age you started your instrument: 12
What inspired you to make music your career: I saw a drumset in the corner of the room when I walked into my first music class in 7th grade. We had to draw names from a hat to play drums—luckily, mine was the first one drawn.
Favorite book, movie, or TV show: "The Lion in Winter"
Favorite drummer: I can list hundreds of truly great drummers, but it’s always so much fun listening to Stewart Copeland from the Police for his originality and explosive energy.
Interesting Fact about yourself: I was a figure skater growing up in Toronto and competed with Elvis Stojko.