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This profile was last updated on 11/18/13  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.

Mr. David Starobin

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  • graduate degrees , Music Composition
    University of Pennsylvania
  • graduate degrees , Music Composition
    The University of Chicago
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Bridge Records, Inc., 18 Nov 2013 [cached]
David Starobin, guitar
David Starobin, guitar
Becky Starobin, President | David Starobin, Director of Artists & Repertoire | Robert Starobin, Vice-president
The $100 Guitar Project, as it ..., 11 April 2013 [cached]
The $100 Guitar Project, as it came to be known, ultimately involved nearly 70 musicians, including David Starobin of Bridge Records, who offered to release the tracks. "We take projects that are out of left field and we try to market them sensibly," says David.
David ..., 18 Nov 2013 [cached]
David Starobin
David Starobin (b. 1951, New York City), was called "arguably the most influential American classical guitarist of the 20th Century" by Soundboard magazine. Starobin is the only guitarist to have been awarded Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Career Grant (1988), was honored by Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University with its "Distinguished Alumni Award" (1999), and was inducted into the Guitar Foundation of America's "Hall of Fame" (2011). Starobin began playing the guitar at the age of seven, studying with Manuel Gayol and Aaron Shearer.
In 2010, Starobin took up the "Fondation Charidu Chair in Guitar Studies" at the Curtis Institute of Music (Philadelphia), where he currently teaches. In 1981 Starobin founded the recording company, Bridge Records. As performer, producer and executive producer, Starobin and Bridge have won three Grammy awards and received 25 Grammy nominations.
"David Starobin is the virtuoso of the contemporary classical guitar. Over the past 20 years or so around 300 pieces have been written for him, and he's recorded quite a few of them. Whatever the style, Starobin's playing is a joy; agile, expressive, and always golden-toned." -BBC Music Magazine
"[David Starobin is] arguably the most influential American classical guitarist of the 20th Century" -Soundboard Magazine
"David Starobin is the guitar world's leading champion of new music. -American Record Guide
"If ever a guitarist deserved the title of 'virtuoso' David Starobin is one. This evening has to be among the most memorable I have ever had the pleasure of reviewing. David Starobin is among the truly individual and great players the instrument has." -Classical Guitar (London)
"Starobin drew wonderfully rich and idiomatic sounds from the instrument, achieving bravura effects at breathtaking tempos. For originality and breadth, Starobin's program was a thing of beauty." -The New York Times
"Starobin has grasped the authentic spirit, aided by his perfect instrumental technique. Here, the music acquires its truest meaning, exalting the quality of phrasing as it is rarely ever heard. Starobin's is a truly influential artistry, a great personality who does honor to both music and the guitar." -Il Fronimo (Milan)
"David Starobin's interpretations are both sparkling and tender. Every note, every nuance, every gesture seems part of one clearly imagined vision. More than a virtuoso, Starobin is a champion for musical truth." -All Things Considered (National Public Radio)
"Starobin evokes the virtuosity of Artur Schnabel's Beethoven."
David Starobin on Bridge Records, Inc.
Bridge Records, Inc., 18 Nov 2013 [cached]
Poul Ruders and David Starobin
"The long and intimate collaboration between Poul Ruders, the brilliant composer, and David Starobin, the splendid guitarist, (who also happens to be David Starobin, the successful record executive--co-founder of Bridge Records)--has led to some of the most challenging and original compositions in the modern guitar repertory.
This disc compiles 4 award-winning recordings of works that Danish composer Poul Ruders has written for the guitarist, David Starobin.
Starobin and Speculum Musicae's performance was named a Fanfare 'Best of Year'.
How guitarist David Starobin gets all of those notes under his fingers is anyone's guess, but manage it he does.
David Starobin
David Starobin, guitar
Great Performers Concert Series will ..., 15 Nov 2009 [cached]
Great Performers Concert Series will resonates with the impeccably scintillating and sinuous sounds from the guitar of David Starobin, who was recently called by "Soundboard" magazine "arguably the most influential American classical guitarist of the twentieth century. Composers including Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Lukas Foss, Poul Ruders, Gunther Schuller and Milton Babbitt 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, Houston Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Danish Radio Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Emerson and Guarneri Quartets. David Starobin's recordings have received numerous honors including three Grammy nominations. This concert's repertoire include: Seven Preludes (2005/2008) William Bland (b. 1947); Andante, Op. 47, No. 5 Fernando Sor; Tempo di Minuetto, Op. 36, No. 1 (1778-1839); Galop, Op. 32, No. 6; Five Short Pieces, Op. 35;Introduction and Variations on the aire, Marlborough, Op. 28 . David Starobin began his guitar studies at age 7, with the Puerto Rican guitarist Manuel Gayol, later working with Albert Valdes Blain, and Aaron Shearer at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. While a student at Peabody, Starobin worked closely with pianist Leon Fleisher, and was a frequent participant in the Marlboro Music Festival. Among his many 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". Between 1993 and 2004, Starobin was the chairman of the guitar department at the Manhattan School where he currently teaches. In 1981, David Starobin founded the record label, Bridge Records, Inc., which he served as President until 2005.
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