Acclaimed for his charisma and versatility, guitarist David Sossa has fascinated audiences internationally. As a soloist, David has performed in 3 continents and in March 2020 he will make his Africa Debut with the American University of Cairo in Egypt. David has extensively performed in Japan, Italy, France, Spain, England, Canada, USA, Mexico, Cuba, Colombia, Chile and Ecuador.
David was born in Toronto, Canada, and grew up in Colombia. He received his early musical education from his teachers Humberto Montoya, on the bandola and folk guitar and Gerardo Giraldo on the classical guitar. Later, he studied with Jairo Cardona, Jesus Marin, Roberto Fernandez, Dario Echeverri, and Daniel Bolshoy.
David played as first guitar at The Toronto Guitar Society Orchestra during the seasons 2011 to 2013. Among his recordings are a solo CD, which was released in December 2010 on the Salty Road label, getting over 1000 copies sold in just 2 months, his collaboration with various commercial CD recordings locally and internationally such as “The Anechoic Experience”, and “Jumblesque” by Canadian composer Unthunk, and the music for two documentaries in Colombia.
Throughout his career, David has received numerous scholarships, among which are: Marie Elizabeth and William Adolphe Pal Jones (2014), Eleanor and James Wrigle (2014), Faculty of Graduate Award (2014), Faculty of Graduate Award (2013), TD Bank Financial Group Graduate Bursary (2013).
David holds a Bachelor of Music from Universidad de Antioquia and a Master of Music from the University of British Columbia. Currently, David is the Head of the Guitar Department at the British Columbia Conservatory of Music in Canada and the Artistic Director of “La Semana de la Guitarra”, a guitar festival that features local and international artists who teach and perform during one week in a beautiful village called El Retiro in Colombia.
During his teaching career many of his students have participated in festivals and have won competitions in Canada, USA, and Colombia.
David is frequently invited to give lectures, workshops, and masterclasses overseas.
David’s solo career has been featured in different interviews at some radio stations, TV shows and newspapers in five different countries. David is a D’Addarío Artist and plays on a 2013 Joshia de Jonge guitar and on a 2019 David Villegas guitar.
- Bachelor of Music – Universidad de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia
- Master of Music in Guitar Performance – University of British Columbia