DAVID CHEW was born in England and he studied with William and Tony Pleeth at the Guildhall School of Music. He followed this with a postgraduate degree at the University of Hull where he specialized in Brazilian music. A member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for three years, working under some distinguished conductors including Pierre Boulez. He later spent a number of years with the B.B.C. and the London Mozart Players in London before accepting the position of principal cello with the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra in 1981.
Since his arrival in Brazil, David Chew has been one of the most active cellists in the country. A founder member of the Fluminense Federal University String Quartet, Duo Folia and the Santa Ursula University Trio, he also founded the Brazil Consort and the Rio Strings Chamber Orchestra, and the Rio Cello Ensemble, which have toured and recorded extensively over the past few years. Combining roles of music adviser to the Copacabana Palace Hotel, intensive performing and teaching around Brazil and internationally, he founded and since 1995 directs the Rio International Cello Encounter every month of August. The event has annually gathered a great number of musicians to play above 50 concertos of chamber music and teach less well-off students. The Encounter’s list of guests includes cellists Bernard Greenhouse, Maude Tortelier, Melissa Phelps, Steven Isserlis, Ha-Ye Ni, Colin Carr , Murray Welsh, Eugene Frezen, among many others.
David Chew has won many International awards for his interpretation of Brazilian music, including being indicated for a GRAMMY and been made an honorary citizen of Rio de Janeiro for his work with the poor communities and contributions to Culture.
In 2008 David Chew was appointed associate Professor of cello at University of Northern Colorado.
!n 2010 David was awarded an OBE ,received from H.M. Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace last December for services to Music in Brazil.
In 2011 Prof.Chew participated as a member of the International Jury of the XXXV111 International Music Competition, Dr Lusi Sigall in Chile.
In 2012 was invited as a jury member of the Mravinsky competition in St Petersburg
In 2012 was awarded Doctor Hon. Clausa by the University of Kingstown upon Hull in England,
In 2014 was awarded the Carlos Gomes medal of merit for services to Culture.
Prof. Chew inaugurated a Post-Graduate course in Chamber Music at The Brazilian Conservatoire of Music. and continues to give lectures and masterclasses in South America ,USA, Canada and Europe.
As president of the GNO OMUSIC David continues working with local communities and hospitals in the State of Rio de Janeiro, bringing Music to those in need.