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David Starobin

Born: 1951

David Starobin was recently called by "Soundboard Magzine "arguably the most influential American classical guitarist of the twentieth century." Composers including Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Per Norgard, Milton Babbitt, Poul Ruders, and Karl Aage Rasmussen have dedicated new works to him, producing a repertoire of more than 350 new scores. Starobin has performed these works throughout the world, collaborating with ensembles including The New York Philharmonic, National Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Danish Radio Orchestra, Odense Symphony Orchestra and the Emerson and Guarneri Quartets.

David Starobin began his guitar studies at age 7. While a student at Peabody Conservatory, Starobin worked closely with pianist Leon Fleisher, and was a frequent participant in the Marlboro Music Festival. Among Starobin's honors are a Harvard University Fromm Grant, for "his commitment to the music of our time"; Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Grant; ASCAP's Deems Taylor Award, and Peabody Conservatory's "Distinguished Alumni Award". Starobin currently holds the "Fondation Charidu Chair" of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Between 1993 and 2004, Starobin held the "Andres Segovia Chair" at the Manhattan School where he also currently teaches. In 1981, David Starobin founded the record label, Bridge Records, Inc., which he served as President until 2005. He is currently Director of Artists and Repertoire at Bridge. Starobin's work for Bridge as performer, producer and executive producer has earned three Grammy awards and twenty-two Grammy nominations.


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