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Name: David Plylar
Skills: Accompanist, Arranger, Composer, Player, Soloist
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Composer and pianist David Plylar is currently finishing his PhD in music composition at the Eastman School of Music, where his primary mentor is Robert Morris. David holds an M.M. in music composition and theory from the University of Louisville, and a B.A. in music composition from Duke University. His other principal teachers have included Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, David Liptak, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Steve Rouse and Stephen Jaffe.

Some recent awards and scholarships include a Raymond N. Ball Dissertation Year Fellowship(2007-8), the Belle S. Gitelman Composition Award (2007), a Hanson Institute for American Music Commission (2006), the Howard Hanson Orchestral Prize (2005), a Composer’s Assistant Program grant from the American Music Center (2005), participation in the Minnesota Orchestra Reading Sessions (2004), an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award (2003), and the Grawemeyer Fellowship (University of Louisville, 2001-3). David was also a finalist in the 2007-8 Rome Prize competition. David’s compositions include works for piano, voice, chamber orchestra, orchestra, various chamber ensembles, and many transcriptions of his own music and the music of others. He is currently working on a large-scale piece for piano and orchestra.

As a performer, David has enjoyed playing a wide variety of music, from works by Ligeti and Boulez to the music of Liszt and his contemporaries. David recently completed a five-city recital tour with oboist Alison Lowell as part of their new music ensemble, Out of Context. David has also performed extensively with the Rochester-based new music ensemble Ossia (a group which he led as president during the 2006-2007 season), presenting numerous world-premiere performances, and was a soloist in the North American premiere of Beat Furrer’s Nuun. In 2007, he performed the Daniel Variations by Steve Reich at the June in Buffalo Contemporary Music Festival. David has also served as the pianist in residence for Ossia at the Primer Festival Internacional de Música Contemporánea de Michoacán (in Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico), coaching piano and composition students in addition to premiering several student works.



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