Ferdinand David (1810 - 1873) was a German virtuoso violinist and composer. Born in the same house in Hamburg where Felix Mendelssohn had been born the previous year, David was raised Jewish but later converted to Protestant Christianity. David became a violinist at Königstädtischen Theater in Berlin in 1828. In 1829 he was the first violinist of Baron Carl Gotthard von Liphardt's string quartet and undertook concert tours in Riga, Saint Petersburg and Moscow. In 1835 he became concertmaster (Konzertmeister) at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig working with Mendelssohn. He died suddenly in 1873, aged 63, while on a mountain excursion with his children, near Klosters in the Graubünden (Grisons) area of Switzerland.