About / EPK

Davis West is a Japanese-American violinist, pianist, composer, and songwriter rooted in jazz, classical, and fiddle styles.

Born in New York City and raised in Kyoto, Japan, Davis earned his Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance from the University of Michigan, where he was heavily involved in the jazz and classical departments. Thereafter, he went on a world tour with dynamic string ensemble Barrage 8, self-produced his debut solo album VioLion, and completed the masters program in Contemporary Performance (Production Concentration) at Berklee College of Music in Valencia, Spain.

Davis has had the privilege of sharing the stage with artists of varying styles including: Al Di Meola, Chris Thile, Benny Golson, David Halen, Christian Howes, Philippe Quint, Geri Allen, Byron Stripling, Ben E. King, Audra McDonald, and with his mentors Gary Willis and Casey Driessen. 

Devoted to the notion that music and the arts have the power to move society at large and deepen our understanding of the human condition, Davis is a passionate educator with over 10 years of teaching experience. He has taught at Expressions Music Academy in Michigan, Ovation and Sturgis Music Academies in Arkansas, and at the Global Music Academy in Berlin.

Now based in Berlin, Germany, Davis recorded his electronic EP Krass Alter and has played solo sets from his pedalboard through Sofar Sounds, on BBC Radio 3 with London based bluegrass quartet Ben Somers String Band, and in collaborations with local projects like Stegreif and Shaul Bustan Trio. He has recorded for Kurt Rosenwinkel and Roland Kaiser, and regularly plays with Berlin bands The Hidden Keys and Composers' Orchestra Berlin


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