David Macbride


David Macbride has written numerous works, ranging from solo, chamber and orchestral music to music for film, TV, dance and theatre. His works have been performed extensively in the US and abroad: recent performances include the Hartford Symphony, the Arditti String Quartet, League ISCM, Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The Royal Spanish Chamber Orchestra performed Poet in New York on its tour of Spain during the Garcia Lorca Centennial in 1998. Tim Page of Newsday writes: "In David Macbride's music, one finds technical skills of a high order, a direct lyricism that informs the most complex passages, and a personal aesthetic that combines Western chromaticism with a fascination for the music of China".

Awards include the Georges Enesco International Composition Prize, two Leo Snyder Memorial Composition Prizes sponsored by League ISCM Boston, and the Composers Inc. Prize. Recent commissions include Chamber Music America, Performers of Connecticut, and the Connecticut Valley Chamber orchestra.

Macbride's compositions are recorded on Concora, Hartt/Next Exit, Opus One, Owl, and True Media Recordings. A solo CD of his works is available from Composers Recordings Inc. (CRI). Alex Ross of the New York Times writes: ". . .Macbride achieves a remarkable balance of technical rigor and free spirited invention. . . Composers Recordings has done justice to a distinctive voice in American music." A second solo CD entitled Conundrum: The Percussion Music of David Macbride featuring Benjamin Toth was recently released by Innova Recordings.

Macbride is also an active pianist, having been invited to give a recital tour of Peru by the Instituto Cultural Peruano NorteAmericano in February 1999. He is co-founder (with B. Toth) of Conundrum, a non-profit arts organization which presents concerts and recordings of musically diverse styles. Macbride is on the faculty of the Hartt School, University of Hartford.

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