David Cross

David Cross

Violinist, member of King Crimson albums
Date of Birth: 04.04.1964
Country: USA

  1. Biography of David Cross
  2. Introduction
  3. Early Life and Education
  4. Music Career
  5. Solo Career
  6. Current Projects

Biography of David Cross


David Cross is a renowned violinist and a former member of the progressive rock band King Crimson. He is best known for his contributions to the band's trilogy of albums in the 1970s: "Larks' Tongues in Aspic," "Starless & Bible Black," and "Red." While King Crimson is widely recognized for their art-rock music, Cross's solo work remains less known among music enthusiasts.

Early Life and Education

David Cross was born in 1949 in Tavistock, England. His father was a church organist and a pianist for local dance groups. At the age of nine, Cross began learning to play the violin at Stoke Dameral Primary School. He continued his musical education at Saint Luke's College of Education from 1967 to 1970, where he became the leader of the college's orchestra.

Music Career

In the early 1970s, Cross played in various folk and rock bands. From 1972 to 1974, he was a prominent violinist for King Crimson, contributing to the band's unique sound. After leaving King Crimson, Cross pursued a career as a composer and producer, while also performing in theater orchestras. He showcased his talent for jazz by participating in jazz-rock projects and performing with his own group at the Le Mans Jazz Festival in the early 1980s.

Solo Career

In October 1992, Cross released his first full-length solo album, "The Big Picture," which received critical acclaim. The album stood out for its absence of guitar and showcased Cross's powerful and dynamic compositions. The inclusion of vocals by bassist John Dillon added depth to the album. Cross's second album, "Testing to Distraction," was released in October 1994 and featured a mix of vocal and instrumental tracks, demonstrating his versatility as a musician. In 1997, he released his third and most recent album to date, "Exiles," featuring collaborations with renowned musicians such as Peter Hammill, Robert Fripp, and John Wetton.

Current Projects

David Cross founded his own label, Noisy Records, in 1999 and has since reissued "The Big Picture" in a remastered format. He is currently working on a new album, which is expected to feature a female vocalist. Cross continues to surprise and captivate his fans with his innovative approach to music.