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David Westfall

Traditional Piano; Associate Professor of Piano

HCD Music, Instrumental Studies

The Hartt School, Hartt Community Division
860.768.4430 Fuller 19; Fuller 140

Pianist David Westfall maintains an active career as concert pianist, collaborative artist, and teacher. He has concertized and given masterclasses throughout the United States, Canada, Spain, Brazil, Germany, and Serbia. He is an avid chamber musician, and has performed with internationally acclaimed string quartets such as the Jupiter, Chiara, and American. He frequently performs and lectures for music conferences throughout the United States, and has performed for the past three years for the European Piano Teachers Association conference held in Novi Sad. He has served on the juries of international competitions, including the Ricard Viñes International Piano Festival in Lleida, Spain, and the Isidor Bajic Piano Memorial Competition in Novi Sad, Serbia. He has also served for a number of years on the National Fulbright Screening Committee in New York.  He has also given masterclasses for the World Piano Pedagogy Conference and the Music Teachers National Association (USA). He has recently given classes the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, the Royal College of Music in London, Mannheim University of Music and the Performing Arts, and the University of Texas.  He is in residence every summer at the Three Bridges International Chamber Music Festival where he performs and coaches piano and string ensembles, and also gives classes in piano pedagogy that focus on teaching gifted young piano students, addressing concepts of movement, sound, and musical style. 

Dr. Westfall is a graduate of Texas Christian University, Indiana University and the Juilliard School of Music.  He received his Doctorate in Musical Arts from The Hartt School, University of Hartford, where he is currently Co-chair of the Keyboard Department and Chair of Accompanying.  He has studied with renowned concert pianists Abbey Simon, Gyorgy Sebok, Luiz de Moura Castro, and later with Murray Perahia at the Dartington Festival in England. He also serves as Artistic Director and resident pianist of the South Church Chamber Music Society in New Britain, Connecticut.

He recently toured South Korea where he taught and performed at major music schools, including Sejong University, Sook Myung Women’s University, Seoul National University, Sungshin Women’s University, and Seoul Arts High School.