David Brooks




David Brooks enjoys a busy musical life as a pianist, violinist, violist, composer, and teacher.  He has performed across the United States and Europe, and was recently a featured artist at IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique) in Paris.  A winner of several national and international competitions, he now performs a repertoire spanning the avant-garde and the neglected romantics, as well as the established greats.

Especially committed to the performance of new music, David has taken part in the first performances of works by more than 100 composers.  A composer himself, his song cycle First Steps (2013) was premiered in Bucharest, Romania, and his ‘Metamorphosis’ Variations premiered in New York.  More recently, his first full-scale opera, Urban Legend, was premiered at Wingate University.  Also an enthusiastic proponent of the art of transcription, he has transcribed a wide array of works for solo piano by composers ranging from Bach to Penderecki.

In 2014, David joined the faculty of Wingate University in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he is an Assistant Professor of Piano and Music Theory.  At Wingate, he founded the new music group ensemble243, which performs extended-techniques-works for “bowed piano.”  Wingate’s music department is on the verge of becoming one of the first “All-Steinway” schools in the region. In addition to his teaching at Wingate, he serves on the collaborative piano faculty of the National Music Festival in Chestertown, Maryland. David previously taught at Adelphi University, and at the Pre-College Academy of Stony Brook University in New York.

David graduated from Western Washington University in 2008 with double performance degrees in piano and viola, where he studied with Jeffrey Gilliam and Eric Kean.  He studied with Robin McCabe at the University of Washington before completing his doctorate at Stony Brook University with Christina Dahl.

In his spare time, David enjoys studying graphology, statistics, architecture, and interior design, as well as reading about conspiracy theories and drinking excellent coffee.  In 2019, he will continue his lecture-recital series What Makes It So Damn Good?!, perform brand new chamber and solo works at the Charlotte New Music Festival, and learn how to build timber frame houses by hand at the Shelter Institute in Woolwich, Maine.





Sample Solo Recitals:


    Scarlatti:            3 Sonatas

Cage:                3 Sonatas for Prepared Piano

Beethoven:        Sonata Op. 110 in A flat Major

    Mozart:              Sonata K. 332 in F Major

    Alkan:                “Grande Sonata” Op. 33

    Rzewski:            Piano Piece IV

    Bach-Brooks:    Partita No. 2 (transcribed and completed by D. Brooks)
    Bach-Busoni     Chaconne from Partita No. 2


    Mozart:              Fantasy in C minor K. 475

Schumann:        3 Fantasiestucke Op. 111

    Penderecki-Brooks:    Cadenza (orig. for viola solo)


    Schubert-Liszt:   Der Wanderer
                              Gretchen au Spinnrade

    Schubert:           Wanderer Fantasy D. 760


    Liszt:                  2 Late pieces

                             Sonata in b minor

    Ginastera:         Suite de Danzas Criollas Op. 15

Beethoven:       Sonata Op. 7 in E Flat Major


   Boulez:             Douze Notations

Schumann:       Faschingsschwank aus Wein Op. 26
    Debussy:           Estampes

    Ornstein:           Poems of 1917


    Bach:                Partita No. 1 in B flat Major BWV 825

Alkan:                Symphony for Solo Piano Op. 39

    Haydn:              Fantasy in C Major

    Stevenson:        Peter Grimes Fantasy

    Szymanowski:   Fantasy in C Op. 14


    Chopin:            Scherzo No. 2 in B flat minor

    Janacek:          Sonata 1.X.1905 “From the Streets”

    Liebermann:     Gargoyles Op. 29

    Babadjanian:    Poem for Piano


    Mozart:            Rondo in A minor K. 511

    Brooks:             Escherisms - 3 Pieces for Piano


    Brahms:           Sonata No. 3 in F minor Op. 5




(I’m always learning new pieces and adding to this list!)

    Bartok:            Concerto No. 3

    Beethoven:      Concerto No. 1 in C Major Op. 15

                            Concerto No. 3 in C minor Op. 37 (w/ Cadenza by C.V. Alkan)

                            Concerto No. 5 in E flat Major Op. 73 “Emperor”

Brooks: Piano Concerto Fantasy on Themes from ‘Lulu’ (Berg)

    Gershwin:         Rhapsody in Blue

    Grieg:               Concerto in A minor Op. 16 

    Haydn:             Concerto in G Major Hob. XVIII: 4

    Liebermann:      Concerto No. 1

    Mendelssohn:   Concerto No. 1 in G minor Op. 25

    Mozart:            Concerto K. 466 in D minor

                             Concerto K. 467 in C Major

Concerto K. 488 in A Major

    Rachmaninoff:  Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43

    Rubinstein:       Concerto No. 4 in D minor Op. 70

    Shostakovich:  Concerto No. 2 in F Major

Original Compositions

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Pieces of Sound: 12 Pieces for Prepared Piano - In Progress

Ritual: For Cello and Piano - In Progress

The Book of Love: 16 Songs for Male Voice and Piano - In Progress

Paraphrase on ‘Aladdin’ by A. Menken: For Solo Piano (~10’) - 2018

Urban Legend: Opera in Two Acts (~90’) - 2017

12 Strands: Quartet for Prepared Piano and Specially-Tuned Violin, Viola, and Cello (unfinished) - 2016

Dancing Alone: Suite for Solo Violin (~10’) - 2015

Escherisms: 3 Pieces for Prepared Piano (~20’) - 2014

First Steps: 8 Songs for Female Voice and Piano (~10’) - 2013

Metamorphosis Variations: Variations for Prepared Piano (~13’) - 2013

Paraphrase on ‘Erwartung’ by A. Schoenberg: For Solo Piano (~3’) - 2013

Tough Love: For Solo Clarinet (~1’) - 2013

Points on a Curve: For English Horn and Prepared Piano (~6”) - 2012

Chamber Concerto: For Prepared Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Flute(s), Clarinet(s), Trombone, Percussion (~14’) - 2012

‘Anna Nicole’ Fantasy: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (unfinished) - 2011

2 Ives Imitations: 2 Songs for Female Voice and Piano (~4’) - 2011

Domestic: Opera Scene for Soprano, Baritone, Children’s Chorus, and Piano Reduction (~20’) - 2010

Requiem for an Atheist: For Chamber Orchestra, Chorus, and Narrator (~25’) - 2010

String Quartet #2 ‘Poem’: (~10’) - 2010

Daliisms: 3 Pieces for Prepared Piano (unfinished) - 2010

Violin Sonata: For Violin and Piano (12’) - 2009

Piano Concerto ‘Lulu Fantasy’ (Berg): For Piano and Orchestra(~18’) - 2009

2 Elegies for Solo Piano (~4’) - 2007

Red: Song for Soprano and Piano (~3’) - 2006

Fantasy Sonata: Sonata in one movement for Solo Piano (~8’) - 2006

String Quartet #1(~15’) - 2005


Completion of Janacek’s Sonata 1.X.1905: For Solo Piano - In Progress

‘Pur ti miro’ by Monteverdi: For Solo Piano (~4’) - 2010

Hamelin ‘Circus Galop Lite!’: For piano solo (~2’) -2010

Cadenza for Viola Solo (Penderecki): For Solo Piano (~7’) - 2009

Varese ‘Density 21.5’ expansion with piano obligato - 2009

Completion of Busoni’s Partita #2 by Bach: For Solo Piano (~16’) - 2009

Schoenberg ‘Verklarte Nacht’ (5th movement) (~6’) - 2008

Shostakovich String quartet #9 (5th movement) (~10’) - 2008

Schubert String Quartet ‘Death and the Maiden’ (2nd movement) (~10’) - 2008

Symphony #25 (Mozart)1st movement: For Solo Piano (~5’) - 2007

Overture and Fate Scene (Don Giovanni, Mozart): For Solo Piano (~9’) - 2007




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