David Newman (2009), Piano, Class Piano, Piano Ensemble
B.M., State University of New York at Fredonia
M.M., Rutgers University
A.D., Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Listed in Who’s Who Among American Keyboard Artists, pianist David Newman began playing at the age of 3 in Rochester, New York. He later attended the State University of New York at Fredonia as a student of Phyllis East. While there, he earned the Performer’s Certificate, was winner of the annual Concerto Competition, and graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance. Mr. Newman then continued his studies at the University of Michigan as a student of Theodore Lettvin, but left after only one year when he received a scholarship to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England. Being the first American B.P. Scholar to be accepted to the Guildhall, he garnered its highest performing honor, the Concert Recital Diploma (Premier Prix), in addition to earning the Advanced Solo Studies Diploma while studying with Edith Vogel and Joan Havill (herself a former student of Nadia Boulanger). Upon his return to the U.S., David renewed his studies with Mr. Lettvin, this time at Rutgers University graduating with a Master of Music degree in piano performance. As a teaching assistant at Rutgers, David taught piano to undergraduates, was staff accompanist in the studio of Bernard Greenhouse (of the Beaux Arts Trio), and was pianist for the Princeton Ballet Theater. He also served as organist and pianist for the school’s student ministries, as well as teaching piano and music appreciation classes at neighboring community colleges.
Moving to Chicago, Mr. Newman quickly became a musician much in demand for a variety of projects including recordings for the Steppenwolf Theater Company’s production of Another Time, starring Albert Finney, and could frequently be heard on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, broadcast live on WFMT. He served as staff accompanist in the studios of Robert Marcellus, Larry Combs, and other members of the Chicago Symphony, and could be heard in nearly every major venue in the city including the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, DePaul University, the Chicago Cultural Center, and many others. He has served on the faculties of St. Xavier University and the Merit Music Program (a subsidized music education program for inner-city children) as well as an adjudicator for numerous piano competition festivals. Mr. Newman also served as Music Director at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Evanston, Illinois for many years.
Now a resident of Beloit, Wisconsin, David is an active soloist and chamber musician throughout the state. He has recently appeared with the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Beloit College Orchestra. He is a founding member of Zephyr, a chamber group dedicated to performing works written for piano and winds. In addition to his responsibilities at Beloit College, he maintains a busy private teaching studio and also enjoys being the accompanist to Kids Fun & Drama!, a local children’s theater company.