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David Lipten’s music has been described as possessing "a strength and integrity...along with a deep [and]...rigorous musical lyricism.” The New York New Music Ensemble, Harvey Sollberger, conductor, the Chester Quartet, and the Bienen Contemporary Ensemble, Donald Nally, conductor, among others, have premiered his compositions. His string quartet, Ictus, received first prize at the Portland Chamber Music Festival. The chorus “Volti” performed Time’s Dream for chorus (E.E. Cummings, poems) on three occasions. That piece was also a finalist for the 2013 American Prize following its release on David’s first solo CD, Best Served Cold, on Ablaze Records in 2012. Another CD, “Requiem for the Innocent: Contemporary Choral Works Vol. 1,” was also released in 2016. It features “A Widow’s Song” and “How To” from the song-cycle of the same name with texts written by Minnesota-based poet William Reichard. These works were recorded by the New York Virtuoso Singers, Harold Rosenbaum, conductor.

David Lipten, it is clear, is a composer with a strong sense of direction, a fluid syntax and an inventive linear-abstract melodic gift.  Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music , Feb. 2015


The Fromm Foundation/Harvard University, the Verdehr Trio, and Cosmos New Music, among others, have commissioned David’s work. He has received awards from St. Paul’s Chamber Music, Music+Culture, ASCAP, and the ISCM, among others. He has also been a fellow at the Yaddo and MacDowell artist colonies on multiple occasions, and in residence at the Aspen, CSU and Oregon-Bach festivals, and the June in Buffalo Composers Conference. David holds a Ph.D. from Duke University where he worked with Scott Lindroth and an M.A. from Queens College/CUNY, having worked with Thea Musgrave. He was recently appointed to the composition faculty at Florida State University.

First page of Double Down for Chamber Quintet