Born in New York City, educated at Columbia, Cambridge, the Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School, David Schiff is a composer, writer, conductor and teacher. His opera Gimpel the Fool, which premiered in 1979, has been recorded twice by Naxos. His orchestral music has been performed by the Oregon Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Virginia Symphony and many others. His music has also been performed at Chamber Music Northwest, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Ravinia, Aspen, Tanglewood, Grant Park, and Aldeburgh (UK). He also has composed a large body of music for the synagogue and for jazz performers. A frequent writer on music for the New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, The Nation and the Times Literary Supplement, Schiff has written books on the music of Elliott Carter, George Gershwin and Duke Ellington.
Three Representative Works:
Gimpel the Fool, opera in two acts; libretto by I. B. Singer. On Naxos: 8.669313-11 and8.559450.
Scenes from Adolescence for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano. On Delos DE3058
Shtik for bass trombone and jazz ensemble. On New World Records 80436
Oregon Connection: I have taught at Reed College since 1980.