David Biedenbender is one of three composers chosen for the American Composer's Forum CONNECT Project Competition in 2017! He will come hang out with us in Pittsburgh this summer, get to know the group, and write a piece for us to premiere in PNME 2018's season!!
David Biedenbender is a composer, conductor, performer, educator, and interdisciplinary collaborator. David's music has been described as “simply beautiful” [twincities.com, Minneapolis/St. Paul], “striking” and “brilliantly crafted” [Times Argus] and is noted for its “rhythmic intensity” [NewMusicBox] and “stirring harmonies” [Boston Classical Review]. “Modern, venturesome, and inexorable…The excitement, intensity, and freshness that characterizes Biedenbender’s music hung in the [air] long after the last note was played” [Examiner.com]. He has written music for the concert stage as well as for dance and multimedia collaborations, and his work is often influenced by his diverse musical experiences in rock and jazz bands as an electric bassist, in wind, jazz, and New Orleans-style brass bands as a euphonium, bass trombone, and tuba player, and by his study of Indian Carnatic Music. His present creative interests include working with everyone from classically trained musicians to improvisers, acoustic chamber music to large ensembles, and interactive electronic interfaces to live brain data.
He has had the privilege of collaborating with and being commissioned by many talented performers and ensembles, including Alarm Will Sound, the PRISM Saxophone Quartet, the Stenhammar String Quartet (Sweden), the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Aspen Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble, the Albany (NY) Symphony Orchestra, the Music from Copland House Ensemble, the U.S. Navy Band, Philharmonie Baden-Baden (Germany), VocalEssence, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Detroit Symphony Orchestra bass trombonist Randy Hawes, and the Atlantic Chamber Ensemble, among many others. His music has been heard in many diverse venues around the world, and it has been broadcast around the country, including on WQXR’s Q2 Music in New York City, WNYC’s Soundcheck with John Schaefer, and on Center Stage from Wolf Trap.
In addition to composing, David is a dedicated teacher. He is Assistant Professor of Composition in the College of Music at Michigan State University, and his composition students have achieved regional and national recognition for their creative work, including numerous awards and acceptance into renowned summer music festivals and undergraduate and graduate composition programs. He completed his doctorate in composition at the University of Michigan, and he has also studied at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study with Anders Hillborg and Steven Stucky, the Aspen Music Festival and School, and in Mysore, India where he studied south Indian carnatic music. His musical mentors include Michael Daugherty, Evan Chambers, Bright Sheng, Kristin Kuster, Stephen Rush, Christopher Lees, David R. Gillingham, José Luis-Maurtúa, John Williamson, and Mark Cox. For more information, visit