David Butterfield – Piano
David Butterfield began playing accordion at the age of six. From the age of six through high school graduation, David was performed in school ensembles on piano, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, double bass and electric bass. He received his B.A. in Music from Montclair University where he studied piano with Murray Present and Edmund Battersby. He studied piano pedagogy with Jane Carlson at the Julliard School and his private piano students were invited to play for the piano pedagogy class. After finishing his B.A. in Music, he continued his studies with Eleanor Statmore.
David has a passion for teaching music and has had successful students
receive the highest honors at the Music Educators Association of New Jersey Annual Piano Auditions. His students have also been selected to perform in the Honors Recital run by the MEA-NJ. His students have won the opportunity to perform at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall as part of the Piano Teachers Society of American Piano Competition.
David also studied music composition with Ting Ho (Montclair University), Lawrence Widdoes (the Julliard School) and Ludmilla Ulehla (Manhattan School of Music). His commissioned work “Fantasy for Three Harps” had its world premier at the International Harpist Convention in Boston, Massachusetts. It was published by Salvi Publishing and is still available for purchase in Europe.
David completed his Master of Music at Mason Gross School, Rutgers University, where he served as the Assistant Conductor of Music Sacra under Barbara Lingelbach. He studied orchestral conducting with Thomas Michalak (Music Director of the New Jersey Symphony) and Sixten Ehrling (Conducting Department Chairman at the Julliard School and Music Director of the Detroit Symphony). He also served as the Assistant Conductor of the Cathedral Symphony under Thomas Michalak.
David has performed in Japan, China, Canada, Venezuela, and many states along the eastern seaboard of the United States. He has worked with well-known musicians in diverse genres: David Zinman (Baltimore Symphony), Gunther Schuller (American Symphony), Randy Brecker (jazz trumpet), Jon Faddis (jazz trumpet), Dick Oates (jazz saxophone), Jay Geils (rock guitarist), Doug Munro (jazz guitarist) and Dr. David Demsey (jazz saxophonist).
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