BA Columbia College
MA San Francisco State University
DMA Northwestern University
David Grant holds degrees in music composition from Northwestern
University (DMA), San Francisco State University (MA) and Columbia
College (BA). His primary composition instructors were Jay Alan Yim,
Augusta Read Thomas, Josh Levine, Ronald Caltabiano and Gustavo Leone.
David’s music is objective, non-teleological and irregularly
repetitive. His primary influences include the natural patterns by birds
and insects he has sonically observed in various environments, and the
music of Morton Feldman, Igor Stravinsky, Steve Reich, Franco Donatoni
and Claude Debussy.
Notable ensembles and performers who have played his work include the
Northwestern Contemporary Music Ensemble under the supervision of
Oliver Knussen, Lukas Fels, Graeme Jennings, the New York New Music
Ensemble, the San Francisco Contemporary Chamber Players, the AI
Ensemble based in New York City, and the Fine Arts Music Society and
Claraconbrio both based in Chicago. His works have also been performed
at summer music festivals including the June In Buffalo contemporary
music festival, the SICPP festival in Boston, the Sonic Fusion Festival
in Scotland and at the Oregon Bach Festival in Eugene, Oregon.
David is also a performer and regularly plays keyboard with his group
Maurice, an experimental jazz/rock band that plays regularly throughout
the Chicago area. Maurice recently played at the Ears and Eyes Festival
in Chicago 2008. David currently lives in Chicago and teaches music
theory and music history at Loyola University and Columbia College.