"(...) A luminous Divertimenti and the celebrated Adagio and Fugue of Mozart were performed enthusiastically, full of rhythm and virtuosity in the fast movements, differentiated in the contrapuntal texture of the second piece and remarkable energy in all the movements including the cantabile.
The serenade for strings of Tchaikovsky sounded spectacularly, expansive, elastic, with density in the execution of a romantic melos most communicative and sustained without dismay. The famous melodies of such a popular piece received from the conductor the rightful order and intent, and from the excellent string section a generous response in the ensemble and peculiar colors of the successive movements."
Composer - Conductor - Artistic Direction
In 2015, The Orchestre Nationale du Capitole de Toulouse ONCT, and his musical director Tugan Sokhiev commissioned David to write a work for Symphony Orchestra.
The result of this commission is the Prelude for Orchestra that was performed at Halle aux Grains and Grand Theatre in Toulouse, France, the 4th and 5th of March, 2016.
In May 2010, David was comissioned to write a piece for the World première of Nacho Duato’s new Ballet “Nunc Dimittis”, his first ballet as Artistic Director of the Ballet at the Mikhailovsky Theater.
David has received comissions from different International Festivals such as “English Chorale” in Munich, Germany. Other comissions were written for the International Festival “Noches de España” and “Sound Ways” in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
His compositions range include vocal and instrumental music for soloists, chamber ensembles and full symphony orchestra.
La grande sagesse du compositeur permet aux oreilles de se détendre et d ‘accepter une partition lyrique qui se déploie avec générosité.
Un lyrisme chaleureux s'y exprime jusqu'à l'extase. On peut penser à l'héritage de Scriabine, sans pour autant affecter l'originalité de l'écriture.
David Azagra between 2009 and 2011 has paid special attention to Young musicians. In collaboration with the Town Hall of Madrid and acting as Artistic and Musical Director of different Orchestral and Chamber ensembles completed a series of programs in the form of musical performances and conferences dedicated to the works of composers such as Barber, Britten, Haydn, Mahler and Mozart.
In October 2011, David conducted a complete new production of Beethoven´s "Fidelio" produced by the Town Hall of Madrid.
David Azagra conducted Mariinsky Theater Orchestra and Ballet in S. Prokofiev’s ballet “Romeo and Juliet” during Mariinsky Theater´s Spanish Tour in Spain at the Benito Pérez Galdós Theater in Canary Islands, Spain. (2008)
David has conducted the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria in Benito Pérez Galdós Theater´s new production of F. A. Barbieri´s “The Barber of Lavapies” in Canary Islands, Spain. (2007)
Also he has conducted the Philarmonie der Nationen at the Autum’s Festival in Canary Islands, Spain. (2008)
David conducted the Young Russian Philharmony at the 13th International Festival of Theater and Dance and at Gabinete Literario in Canary Islands, Spain. (2008)
David has frequently conducted Operatic Gala Concerts with both soloists of the Mariinsky Theater and soloists of the Academy for Young Singers at the Mariinsky Theater.
David worked as associate conductor, coach and teacher at the Academy for Young Singers at the Mariinsky Theater in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (2000-2007)
He was engaged as assistant conductor with the Mariinsky Theater in different occasions:
- In S. Prokofiev´s opera “Love for the Three Oranges” first for the Festival of Aix-en-Provençe (2004). Afterwards for Mariinsky Theater’s new production of the same opera (2006).
- Mariinsky’s new production of G. Rossini´s “Il Viaggio a Reihms” (2003)
- Mariinsky’s new production of G. Verdi´s “Falstaff”.(2005)
As Artistic Director David, in collaboration with the Town Hall Council of Madrid, stablished a Permanent International Music Festival to promote both young local talents and young musicians from different nationalities living in Madrid.
The activity begun with the appointment of David as musical director of the “Festival Permanente de Jóvenes Intérpretes” (“Permanent Festival of Young Musicians”) in October 2009 and is still active to this date.
The musicians who have participated include graduates formed in the most prestigious schools all over the World such as: Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia, Guildhall School of Music, Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid, State Conservatory of Saint Petersburg, State Conservatory of Moscow, Royal Conservatory at La Haya, Berlin University of Music and Arts, Vienna Conservatory, Budapest Academy Franz Lizst, etc. More than 200 musicians have participated in more than 150 concerts.
The range of the music performed includes Antique and Renaissance music, Classical music, Contemporary Music, Folklore (Flamenco, Persian Music, Portuguese Fados, Fusion, etc.), Vocal music and instrumental in all the possible ensembles of musicians ranging from soloists performances to full Chamber Orchestras.
Special programs dedicated to the commemoration of the anniversaries of composers such as Franz Lizst, Gustav Mahler, F. Chopin, R. Schumann and F.J Haydn.
The concerts in all occasions have included lectures as well, dictated by professional musicians. David has also dictated conferences in the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM).