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David Macbride

Professor of Composition and Music Theory 

Email: macbride@hartford.edu

David Macbride biography photo

BMus The Hartt School

MA, DMA Columbia University 

David Macbride has written numerous works, ranging from solo, chamber and orchestral music to music for film, TV, dance and theatre, with particular emphasis on music for percussion. His compositions have been performed extensively in the United States and abroad: performances include the Hartford Symphony, the Arditti String Quartet, League ISCM, Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), World Saxophone Congress, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. His Percussion Park, a full-length musical landscape for percussion ensemble, was premiered in April 2010 at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and was performed subsequently at the Hartt School, University of Hartford by the Hartt Percussion Ensemble and at the University of Minnesota Duluth.  A new work for percussion ensemble, Flam, was premiered at PASIC in November 2015 by the University of North Carolina Pembroke Percussion Ensemble.

Tim Page of Newsday wrote: "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. Commissions include The Roberts Foundation New Works Initiative, Chamber Music America, and the Concert Artists Guild. Macbride's compositions are recorded on Concora, Equilibrium, GPD, Hartt/Next Exit, Opus One, Owl, and True Media labels.

A solo CD of his works on Composers Recordings Inc. (CRI) was reviewed by Alex Ross of the New York Times: "...Macbride achieves a remarkable balance of technical rigor and free spirited invention...Composers Recordings has done justice to a distinctive voice in American music." Solo CDs entitled Conundrum: The Percussion Music of David Macbride featuring Benjamin Toth and In Common: Duets by David Macbride are available on Innova Recordings. David Macbride: A Composer's Journey with the Poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca is available on Albany Records, as well as In Passing: Solo Piano Music composed and performed by the composer. Macbride's string quartet, A Muse, was recorded by the Avalon String Quartet and released by Albany Records. A Special Light, a solo CD released by Innova in 2014 received favorable attention from the NY Times among others.

Macbride has been extremely active in bringing diverse musics to the Greater Hartford community, having produced numerous outdoor events in Elizabeth Park and other venues including the Hartt School over the past twenty years. He regularly performs in schools and senior citizen homes, and received a University of Hartford Community Service Award in recognition of his contributions. Macbride also received the Hartt Alumni Award in 2011.

As a pianist, Macbride was invited to give a recital tour of Peru by the Instituto Cultural Peruano NorteAmericano, and has performed recitals in Spain (sponsored by the Centro de la Difusion de la Musica Contemporanea) and in Mexico at the Universidad Nacional Autonomo de Mexico in Mexico City. He recently gave a recital tour featuring works by Scarlatti, Cage, and Macbride performed on harpsichord, piano, and prepared piano.