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David Avshalomov

DAVID AVSHALOMOV: A third-generation composer and conductor based in Santa Monica, David Avshalomov is also an accomplished bass vocalist. He composes in an accessible neo-tonal, modern Romantic style that balances a lyric gift with characteristic rhythmic vitality and pungent harmonies. His influences include the great 20th-century tonal composers (plus his father Jacob and grandfather Aaron). He has written for forces ranging from solo instruments to full orchestra, band, and chorus, from songs and incidental pieces to full-length oratorio. Currently he focuses on vocal and band music, with an increasing number of regional commissions. His music has been performed professionally across the US, in Europe, Russia, and the Far East, and recorded on Albany and Naxos. He has won prestigious grants and competitions, including a 2012 citation from the American Prize for Orchestral Composition, and a 2013 ACDA Silver Platter Award for Choral Composition.

Avshalomov earned his B.A in Music at Harvard and a D.M.A. in conducting (Krachmalnick) and composition (Bergsma, Verrall, Suderberg) at the University of Washington, studied at Aspen (Morel, Blomstedt, Torkanowsky), and Tanglewood (Bernstein, Schuller, Ozawa), was music director of US orchestras and choruses on both coasts, guest conducted widely, toured in Europe and the Far East, and recorded orchestral music by his grandfather Aaron in Moscow for Naxos. His conducting work has garnered frequent listings in Who's Who in Music and Who's Who in the West.

Representative Works: Please review my work online including 9 sample compositions on the homepage.

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• Video: Do You Believe in Angels, Concerto Delle Donne, directed by Laura Doss, Alabama School of Fine Arts, Trotsky's Train III Judith Cohen (Piano) The Ravenna String Orchestra, Terwilliger, with Mark Sliva (violin) and Jon Lou (timpani).


Oregon Connection: I lived in Portland 1954-1967, got my earliest musical inspirations there from George Bell at Lincoln High School, both parents with long history there, my late father conducted the Portland Youth Philharmonic in Portland for 44 years. Oregon is always in my heart, living in Santa Monica I miss Portland, the Oregon Coast, and the Cascades in particular.


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