Meet David Ewart, violinist behind soundtracks of iconic films including ‘Titanic’ ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Spiderman’

By Esther Muhozi
On 23 August 2023 at 02:52

David Ewart, a virtuoso American violinist born on May 4, 1957, in Portland, Oregon, has left an indelible mark on hearts worldwide through his music and boundless kindness.

Residing in the tight-knit Valencia Hills neighborhood, he became a beloved figure, renowned for hosting joyous holiday gatherings, coaching youth sports teams, and adorning the streets with Halloween delights for children.

Ewert’s love for the Violin developed as he grew up. His grandfather and father both played the Violin and so does all his children. Ewerts says it is a very important instrument to his family.

His journey has been a testament to the power of music, resilience, and compassion. From his family’s musical heritage, Ewert’s melodies have touched hearts and transcended boundaries.

Through adversity, he emerged stronger, fueled by the love of his family and the desire to make a positive impact on the world.

Beyond his exceptional musical talent, Ewert was known for his philanthropic endeavors and missionary work. His legacy continues to resonate, a testament to the transformative power of compassion and artistry.

Ewert’s journey as a violinist led him to Hollywood, where he played a pivotal role in shaping the soundtracks of over a thousand movies and some of these include ‘Black Panther’ , ‘The Notebook’ and ‘Titanic’.

The world-famous Hollywood, California, is renowned for its role in the entertainment industry and is home to many famed celebrities and personalities.

In an exclusive interview with IGIHE during his recent visit to Rwanda, Ewert recalled his Hollywood experiences and shared nostalgic memories.

"The opportunity to play music in Hollywood is a rare and wonderful experience," he recalls, remembering his time working on the iconic film "Jurassic Park" with the celebrated composer, John Williams.

Through his work, Ewert has witnessed the universal power of music to connect with people, transcending backgrounds and languages. As Ewert plays his violin, he crafts a symphony of hope and inspiration, uniting people from diverse backgrounds.

As the conversation shifts to the impactful movie "Black Panther," Ewert’s excitement is evident.

"We were all waiting and waiting and waiting for a black hero. And we got the Black Panther," he exclaims, acknowledging the movie’s significance in representing a black superhero on the big screen.

He also recognizes the film’s exploration of sensitive historical themes, particularly those related to slavery. Ewert believes in the importance of using film to address such issues and hopes for more inclusive storytelling in the future.

Ewert's journey has been a testament to the power of music, resilience and compassion.

In 2005, tragedy struck Ewert’s life when a fire engulfed his home during Christmas, leaving him, his son Michael, and his father Hugh with severe burns. It took him 6 months to play again.

Reflecting on this challenging period, Ewert shares: "After my big fire, my big fall in my life, my mother was so sad. She had no joy. Until she heard this music. So, may I play it for you?" His experience during recovery deepened his appreciation for life and family, strengthening his resolve to find higher purpose and meaning.

After surviving the fire, Ewert embarked on a new chapter in his life, embracing new opportunities with a sense of purpose.

"I have also been to the country of Peru, and I recommend it. They also have a jungle, and it’s very beautiful. I played my violin there many times," he says, underscoring his belief in using his violin to bring hope and joy to people across cultures and countries.

"Music has taught me in my life. You play for the pleasure of the other person," Ewert imparts his wisdom, believing that music is meant to be shared and cherished.

His passion for music is deeply intertwined with his desire to give back to others. "You make something beautiful to give to another person, and this is my joy in life. I have the violin, and I try to play nice and sweet for you," he explains, infusing his music with emotion and compassion.

From Hollywood’s grand stages to the heart of Rwanda, Ewart’s unwavering passion for music and his boundless compassion continue to resonate, leaving an enduring legacy for generations to come.

Ewert leaves a message for everyone to always find a way forward irrespective of any setbacks.

“In life we will fall down and get up. Always look back, reflect on the past, rise and move forward. No one should be discouraged by setbacks, we should move forward in life because the Future is Bright,” he enthuses.

Meet David Ewart is the violinist behind iconic soundtracks of films including ‘Titanic’, ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Spiderman’.
Speaking to IGIHE during his recent visit to Rwanda, Ewert recalled his Hollywood experiences and shared nostalgic memories.