Union Symphony Spotlights David Brooks


A Conversation with David Brooks, Union Symphony
By David Brandt


“We now know how special it is. To make music in person, to listen to music in person, to feel the literal vibrations of those sound waves against your body. It’s not the same thing as listening to music at home on a pair of speakers or headphones. There’s nothing like live music and if you’ve never experienced it, you won’t believe me until you do experience it. So I encourage you to experience it…Classical music sometimes seems like it’s this old thing. But, there’s more in the future than in the past for classical music.”

Dr. David Brooks


David Brooks enjoys a busy musical life as a pianist, violinist, violist, composer, and teacher.  He has performed across the United States and Europe, and was recently a featured artist at IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique) in Paris.  A winner of several national and international competitions, he now performs a repertoire spanning the avant-garde and the neglected romantics, as well as the established greats.

Especially committed to the performance of new music, David has taken part in the first performances of works by more than 100 composers.  A composer himself, his song cycle First Steps was premiered in Bucharest, Romania, and his ‘Metamorphosis’ Variations premiered in New York.  More recently, his first full-scale opera, Urban Legend, was premiered at Wingate University.  Also an enthusiastic proponent of the art of transcription, he has transcribed a wide array of works for solo piano by composers ranging from Bach to Penderecki.

In 2014, David joined the faculty of Wingate University in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he is an Associate Professor of Piano and Music Theory.  At Wingate, he founded the new music group ensemble243, which performs extended-techniques-works for “bowed piano.”  Wingate’s music department is on the verge of becoming one of the first “All-Steinway” schools in the region.  In addition to his teaching at Wingate, he serves on the collaborative piano faculty of the National Music Festival in Chestertown, Maryland.  David previously taught at Adelphi University, and at the Pre-College Academy of Stony Brook University in New York.

David graduated from Western Washington University with double performance degrees in piano and viola, where he studied with Jeffrey Gilliam and Eric Kean.  He studied with Robin McCabe at the University of Washington before completing his doctorate at Stony Brook University with Christina Dahl.

In his spare time, David enjoys studying architecture and interior design, making hand-crafted wooden furniture, recreating ancient scientific experiments, studying the psychology behind conspiracy theories, and drinking excellent coffee.






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