David Macbride (b. 1951, Berkeley, Calif. - 7 September 2018) was an American composer, pianist and educator.
Dr. Macbride held an undergraduate degree from The Hartt School and an MA and DMA from Columbia University.
Macbride wrotenumerous works, ranging from solo, chamber and orchestral music to music for film, TV, dance and theatre, with particular emphasis on music for percussion. His compositions have been performed extensively in the United States and abroad. His Percussion Park, a full-length musical landscape for percussion ensemble, was premiered in April 2010 at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and was performed subsequently at the Hartt School, University of Hartford by the Hartt Percussion Ensemble and at the University of Minnesota Duluth. A new work for percussion ensemble, Flam, was premiered at PASIC in November 2015 by the University of North Carolina Pembroke Percussion Ensemble.
Awards include the Georges Enesco International Composition Prize, two Leo Snyder Memorial Composition Prizes sponsored by League ISCM Boston, and the Composers Inc. Prize. Commissions include The Roberts Foundation New Works Initiative, Chamber Music America, and the Concert Artists Guild.
Macbride was extremely active in bringing diverse musics to the Greater Hartford (Conn.) community, having produced numerous outdoor events in Elizabeth Park and other venues including the Hartt School over the past twenty years. He regularly performs in schools and senior citizen homes, and received a University of Hartford Community Service Award in recognition of his contributions. Macbride also received the Hartt Alumni Award in 2011.
As a pianist, Macbride was invited to give a recital tour of Peru by the Instituto Cultural Peruano NorteAmericano, and has performed recitals in Spain (sponsored by the Centro de la Difusion de la Musica Contemporanea) and in Mexico at the Universidad Nacional Autonomo de Mexico in Mexico City. He gave a recital tour featuring works by Scarlatti, Cage, and Macbride performed on harpsichord, piano, and prepared piano.
Dr. Macbride was a professor of composition and music theory at The Hartt School in West Hartford, Conn.
Works for Winds
- Dance in New York (1994)
- River Dance (1993)
- See You in C (2010)
- Tracing Ligeti (trans. Cumming) (2016)
- "David MacBride." University of Hartford: The Hartt School. Web. Accessed 11 February 2018