David’s first portrait album, all we are given we cannot hold is released on Blue Griffin Records. The album includes performances by the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Garth Newel Piano Quartet with clarinetist Mingzhe Wang, and the Haven Trio. Two of the works are settings of poetry by Robert Fanning.
David the featured guest composer at the 2023 International Trombone Festival. Composers Workshop participants will have the opportunity to work with David and his music will be performed.
David’s dream of ember, dream of star was named a finalist in the 2022 National Band Association Revelli Composition Contest.
David’s Severance (concerto for saxophone quartet and wind ensemble) was named one of three finalists for the 2022 American Bandmaster’s Association Sousa/Ostwald Prize. David’s Michigan State University colleague Zhou Tian was awarded the prize for his Sinfonia.
David will join renowned saxophonists from around the country in Norman, Oklahoma as the featured composer for the 2022 Great Plains Saxophone Workshop at the University of Oklahoma. Faculty include the H2 Quartet, Joseph Lulloff, Nikki Roman, Christopher Creviston, Stephen Page, Jordan Lulloff, John Nichol, and Hannah Creviston. David will present his creative work and teach composition lessons, and there will be a recital featuring his music.
In considering 259 applications in our General and LDS commissioning programs, the Endowment granted $60,000 to 9 composers who will write works for the following ensembles and musicians:
David Biedenbender (Haven Trio), Dorothy Chang (Evelyn Glennie and Land’s End Ensemble), Natacha Diels (JACK Quartet), Stefan Freund (Splinter Reeds), Todd Kitchen (Left Coast Chamber Ensemble), Wang Lu (Seattle Modern Orchestra), Lansing McLoskey (Network for New Music), Joseph Sowa (Room 1078), and Ethan Wickman (San Antonio Symphony).
The judging panel included the Endowment’s Board of Advisors: Neil Thornock, Chen Yi, Ben Sabey, Benjamin Taylor and Miguel Del Aguila; and four guest judges: Tania León (who served during Prize deliberations), and Kristin Kuster, Lisa DeSpain, and Chance Thomas (who served during General Commission deliberations). John Kendall Bailey (Oakland Symphony Orchestra), Paul Finkelstein (St. Paul Chamber Orchestra), Gavin Chuck (Alarm Will Sound), and Paul Silverthorne (London Sinfonietta) represented the performing consortium in selecting the Barlow Prize.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory has selected David as its 2021-22 guest composer. The program, now in its second year, provides a composer the opportunity to interpret Fermilab research through music and celebrate the relationship between art and science. Read more.