David Lipten holds a B.A. in jazz piano performance and composition from Hampshire College, a M.A. in composition from the Copland Conservatory of Music at Queens College/CUNY and a Ph.D. in composition from Duke University. His principal composition teachers have included Thea Musgrave and Scott Lindroth. He has taught composition and theory at UNC-Chapel Hill, Michigan State University and Grand Valley State University.
A former colleague has attributed a “strong and sophisticated ear for advanced harmonic progression coupled with an equally subtle appreciation of the multi-dimensionality of advanced rhythmic practice” to his music that results in “a strength and integrity of architectural trajectory along with a deep yet intellectually rigorous musical lyricism.” His compositions are routinely performed and recorded by some of the country$rsquo;s most accomplished ensembles, including the Verdehr Trio, the New York New Music Ensemble, and the Chester Quartet, among others.
Recent performances include the premieres of Ever Since for piano, Whirl for clarinet trio and Time’s Dream for chorus along with five performances of Best Served Cold, also for piano, and one of Ictus for string quartet. Other performances have included three more of Ictus as well as the New York City premiere of Stunt Double, a concerto for sextet. Upcoming performances will include three more of Best Served Cold, another of Time’s Dream in Portugal, among others.
Lipten has received a number of commissions including those from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University, the Verdehr Trio and Michigan State University, and from Duo46. He has also received a number of honors, including awards from the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM)/Miami Section, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, ASCAP and Duke University, as well as fellowships for residencies at both the MacDowell and Yaddo colonies and at the Aspen Music Festival. He has also attended and had his music performed at the June in Buffalo Composers Conference, the Oregon Bach Festival, and California State University Summer Arts Festival.