Derek David - Composer in Residence


Derek David is a composer based in Boston, Massachusetts. His dramatic and vibrant chamber music has been performed in both Europe and the United States and has received great recognition from audiences and critics alike. Originally from Los Angeles, Derek developed a passion for music at a young age. Mr. David’s works have garnered praise in the US and abroad and have won several prestigious awards. Upon hearing Mr. David’s Viola Sonata, composer John Adams declared to be “dazzled by [David’s] capability and musicality, and his “masterful demonstration of technique.” 
Derek’s String Quartet (2011), has been met with international recognition and repeated performances. It was described by Sabino Pena of France’s as “a true musical jewel of the 21st Century.” The quartet was awarded the EAMA Nadia Boulanger Institute Prize in (2011) as well as the Morton Gould ASCAP Award (2011). Additionally, the quartet was awarded first place by the American prize (2015). Mr. David holds a DMA from the New England Conservatory of Music and is currently a teaching fellow at Harvard University. He is a three-time recipient of the Harvard University Distinction in Teaching Award.