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Name: David Marc Rubenstein
Skills: Composer (classical, jazz, choral, orchestral, chamber music, theater & film music)
Phone: +1 (703) 464 0234
Address: 1379 Cameron Heath Dr., Reston, VA 20194, United States
Links: Website     E-mail
David Rubenstein learned the fundamentals of music theory, performance, improvisation, arranging and composition under the tutelage of jazz pianist Earl Abrams. He began composing piano solo pieces as a teenager. More recently he has been taking additional courses in composition from professors from Catholic University. He also has studied a number of books on the subjects of composition, arranging and orchestration.

Altogether, David Rubenstein has composed over seventy pieces for all sizes of ensembles, ranging from duets, trios, up to full orchestras. He has produced four CD's featuring his music. His music has been performed in local concerts in the Washington, DC area. His music has also been used for a theater production, and for many multi-media applications, including web pages, CD-ROM's, and computer animations. Many of his compositions can be found in midi, sheet music, and MP3 formats at He is a member of the Montgomery County Composers Society. Currently, his major project is a musical, in collaboration with Canadian playwright/musical director David Runions.

Much of David Rubenstein's music is reminiscent of classical tonal music written in the first half of the twentieth century. His Cold Starry Night is an orchestral tone poem in an impressionistic style. His compositions Jovial Pursuit and Rebirth have a jazzy feeling, not unlike Gershwin's instrumental music. His orchestral pieces Thank You for Not Laughing, March of the Bureaucrats and Troublemaker, his chamber piece Scalawag Takes a Catnap, and song The Power of Music are filled with tongue-in-cheek satire. His four-movement composition Sea of Tranquility won the 1998 Song of the Year award from Electronic Music Forum.

Dr. Rubenstein received a B.S. in physics and astronomy in 1975 from University of Maryland, and a Ph.D. in astro-geophysics in 1979 from University of Colorado. He presently works as a research oceanographer, and lives in Herndon, Virginia.



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