Davide Rossi has created a niche of his own, not only in the way he plays his acoustic and electric violins, but also in the way he writes and arranges for string orchestras and various other string ensembles.
He has played every string bowed instrument, from violin to viola to cello to contrabass, since his professional career began in the early nineties, in his home country of Italy.
Using multi-tracking to create demos, he would then score for orchestra.
His written work was recorded at Abbey Road or Air Studios in London, and for the Prague, Budapest and Sofia Philharmonics, to name a few.
While working in these prestigious settings, although he was always respectful of the established ways, he still felt that a certain quality and integrity was missing, even with the best studios and the greatest orchestras.
With improved technology and constant developing of his way of working, he decided that perhaps the ‘one man orchestra’ technique would be the way to go in the future.
Encouraged by his mentor, teacher and friend, guitarist Robert Fripp and influenced by his time with music composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, he would go on to develop the sound that many know by now as a unique melange of pop/baroque and classic trademark.
The sound of such hits as “Viva La Vida” and “Paradise” by Coldplay, “Love Is Noise” by The Verve, “Brand New Me” by Alicia Keys, “The Girl And The Robot” by Röyksopp and Robyn and many others, are just a testimony to the quality and uniqueness of his work.
From Goldfrapp to Morricone, Dido to Neil Diamond, The Verve to Ed Sheeran, Jon Hopkins and more, his list of star clients and collaborators keeps growing.
He still works with orchestras, especially when the full tone of brass, woodwinds, percussions and the choir is needed.
One recent project had him working with Culture Club and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra for ‘Sound of The Eighties’.
Another orchestral work, with George Ezra and the BBC Concert Orchestra, was part of the BBC Music Awards of 2014.
Exhausted from live touring with Goldfrapp back in 2013, and after 13 years on the road with them, plus live shows as special guest with The Verve, Chris Martin, Coldplay, Neil Young, Röyksopp and Jon Hopkins, he now concentrates on writing, composing and arranging for his own and his many client’s projects.
This includes future co-writes with Matt Hales of Aqualung, his own very first solo album and his ongoing project with band mates Black Submarine.
“Davide Rossi has played most if not all of the strings on the last three Coldplay albums. He is a real joy to work with. His “one man string section” technique is a wonder to behold and enables us to work one on one for hours, giving the string tracks a special focus and making them more than a production afterthought. He plays so well and is such a pleasure to be around. I cannot recommend him highly enough.” Chris Martin (Coldplay)
“I have worked together with Davide on a number of projects now – he has contributed to my own Recoil work and we also collaborated on the recent Talk Talk tribute album ‘Spirit of Talk Talk’. On every occasion I have found Davide to be completely sensitive musically to all proposed ideas, and he was able very quickly to react and supply exactly what was needed in each case. Not only that but his enthusiasm and energetic character comes through in everything he touches. A dream to work with and thoroughly recommended for anybody who needs a versatile, open-minded and extremely talented arranger/performer.” Alan Wilder (Recoil, Depeche Mode)
“The boy’s good.” Robert Fripp
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