David Afkham was the winner of the 2008 Donatella Flick Conducting Competition.
He became the first recipient of the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award in August 2010. He currently holds the post of Assistant Conductor of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and is a Conductor Fellow of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
David is Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the KHG-Symphony-Orchestra Freiburg. He is currently the first Bernard Haitink Fund for Young Talent recipient and works regularly with his mentor Bernard Haitink at the Chicago Symphony and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestras. He has also been appointed a fellow of the Los Angeles Philharmonic to work with Gustavo Dudamel.
Assisting Jonathan Nott & Franz Welser-Möst with the Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchestra Vienna
Cover for Bernard Haitink on European tour with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Cover for Gustavo Dudamel and concert performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, youth and family series, Los Angeles
Cover for Bernard Haitink and concert performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Chicago
Jena Philharmonic Orchestra, Jena, Germany
Bamberger Sinfonikern, Bamber: radio production
Philharmonie Südwestfalen/Landesorchester Nordrhein-Westfalen, Siegen, Germany
Hofer Symphoniker, HOF, Germany
London Symphony Orchestra
Royal Concertgebouworkest: Amsterdam