David Gordon founded the Look & Listen Festival, a non-profit series of new music
concerts in New York City art galleries (www.lookandlisten.org) and served as
President of the League of Composers/ISCM (www.leagueofcomposers.org). During his
tenure as President of the League/ISCM, David launched the Orchestra of the League
of Composers, started Residency, Membership, and Commissioning Programs, and
quintupled the organizational budget. David also has taught on the faculty
of New York University and Hofstra University, served as the Executive Director of
the League of Composers/ISCM, worked as the Vice President of First Performance, a
new music performing organization, and founded and directed the Composers Ensemble
at Hofstra, a 60-member performing ensemble, which premiered seven of David's works.
In 2002, David founded Pinnacle Prep (www.pinnacleprep.com), a premium test prep
company that provides premium tutoring for the SAT, ACT, and other standardized
tests as well as academic tutoring. Pinnacle Prep currently has over 50 employees
and services clients throughout the tri-state area as well as internationally.
David’s music has been performed by the Washington Square Contemporary Music
Society, the New York Virtuoso Singers, the Chamber Players of the League of
Composers/ISCM, the Talujon Percussion Quartet, Third Angle New Music Ensemble, the
University of Maine Percussion Ensemble, and the Hofstra University Orchestra, Mixed
Chorus, and Composers Ensemble. He has won recognition and awards from Waging Peace
Through Singing, Meet the Composer, ASCAP, New York University, the National
Alliance for Excellence, and been nominated for an American Academy of Arts and
Letters award. David participated in the Oregon Bach Festival with seminars by Tan
Dan and Murray Schafer, the Wellesley Composers Conference with seminars by Mario
Davidovsky, the Ernest Bloch Music Festival with seminars by Joan Tower, and Society
of Composers, Inc. (SCI) conferences in Maine, Michigan, and Indiana. Among his
commissioned works have been Drops, for violin and percussion, Propulsion, for viola
and violoncello, and Ellen and William, two pieces for piano.
David also composed the music for, filmed, and edited Mitia, a 40-minute documentary
on the life of Matthew Didlove, a French WWII veteran. The video was selected in
2001 for archive by the Spertus Museum in Chicago to be used for educational
purposes and as a presentation to Holocaust Survivor Groups. David also wrote a
novel entitled The Canvas.
Born in Illinois in 1969, David earned his M.A. in music composition in the year
2000 at New York University, where he studied with Charles Wuorinen, Martin Boykan,
Louis Karchin, and Elizabeth Hoffman.